My Sons growth

Marisaturner - posted on 04/30/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )




My 12 year old is obsessed with fat and calories. He is a little underweight and his height slowed down too. Should I be concerned this is a obsessive compulsive disorder more than a eating disorder?He has been making an effort to try to eat more but has a hard time gaining past the 90 lb mark. H e is 5foot 1and 3/4 .H e is pretty active so maybe his metabolism is so fast it makes it hard to gain. He is finicky about certain foods which does not help matters


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Sarah - posted on 04/30/2015




I agree, my 13 yo is 5' 3'' and weighs about 88 lbs. He is very lean and very athletic. Your son is a perfectly normal size. When did he start fixating on the numbers? I'd discuss this with his pediatrician.

Dove - posted on 04/30/2015




I don't know that I would 'care' which disorder to be more concerned with right now. The fact that he is obsessed w/ fat and calories though... would have me speaking to his doctor for a referral to a therapist to help us work through this situation as soon as possible. He's not at a concerning size and, like you say, he is very active and trying to eat more... but if he is obsessing about what he eats there may be some anxiety issues at play and it's better to get help earlier rather than later.

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