I have seen children this size throughout my teaching career and believe me, school life isn't always that much fun for them. Kids can be awfully mean at times.
I am not a parent, so I can't really say how easy or hard it can be to say "no" to a child, but I just can't see how THAT could be harder than knowing that you are putting your child's LIFE at risk by saying "yes".
I also believe that if the ONLY foods that the child has access to at home are healthy foods, then they will soon learn to eat healthy foods. And they may actually surprise themselves (as I surprised myself) and find that they actually LIKE healthy foods. The parents can offer a wide range of foods. They don't have to just have carrot sticks and celery in the house. If they offer enough choices of HEALTHY food, the child will be able to find the ones he prefers.
I saw this on TV last night and they showed the boy on a trampoline. Well, that is great exercise, but I wonder just how much of that he does and how much sitting in front of the TV or computer he does. I have a feeling that the trampoline was just for 'show' to let people know that the parents were getting him to do some form of physical activity.
The whole situation is very sad, but I see it over and over again and we try everything we can at school, and get all sorts of 'promises' from the parents, but then nothing actually happens.
I'm not sure what the solution is, but it just makes me want to cry.
Losing weight has given me a "Freedom" that I had never previously experienced as an adult... and I am LOVING it!!!
160kg (2004)... 73kg (2006)... Working on maintaining.
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