10 year old weighs 112 pounds
Just looking for ideas and opinions here. Right now the med he is on is the only one helping with his major mood problems. So we are not changeing it.
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The girls are always hungry and always want junk. I try to have fruits and yogurt in the house to offer them and let them have that any time they want. I also tell them to drink water to try to fill them up when they say they are hungry. Carrots and celery sometimes work for them too. I want to be able to get a membership to the YMCA maybe after the new year (due to $) so there are more opportunities to keep them busy.
Just so you know, I really know what you are going through, one of my daughters (11 yrs) is schizophrenic, and her med makes her hungry all the time, and my other daughter (13 yrs) is bipolar, and PDD-NOS and her meds also have weight gain as a side effect. I life in upstate NY and it has already been snowing, and ice everywhere, and dark early so it is hard to get them out!
Your son certainly has a lot to deal with. I was about the same weight at that age and it was difficult enough without the added problems of all that your son has on top of it.
I don't have any experience with ADHD, ODD, etc....but what about joining a gym as a family. Make it fun to exercise by creating your own challenges. Not how fast are you type challenges but more how many minutes have you spent exercising. Very nonconfontrational....just when you reach a certain amount of time exercised, you get a prize.
I wish your son the best and hope you can find a solution that helps.
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Also, what are his normal growth patterns? My dd is 9, and gets a little belly right before she shoots up another couple inches, then, belly is gone. (My dd is a shorty, about 4'4" and 68lbs.)
We keep the kids very busy - not all activities are expensive. We use the afterschool program for some activities. Right now, my youngest son, 7, is enrolled in gymnastics and a boys only dance program.
You can also serve low-cal treats that still seem special. My kids love my SF jello with SF whipped cream. They really think it's a treat.
Good luck, the weight thing is so challenging. My oldest dd is completing her program for bariatric surgery - sad, but at least she's doing it young. I wish I had done this years ago.