Brilliant 16 Year Old
our son is such a great kid..he does not get into the typical trouble that most teens do (so far) but he is addicted to his computer game and driving his car. He is a brilliant 16 year old (5.0) GPA student who is very focused on his goals for the future academic college years.
But he has no desire to lose the 60lbs that he is over weight. He is only 5'6 and weighs at least 235lb's. We know as parents we should probably take away his car and computer games/computer in general until he learns to eat right and EXERCISE.
He constantly tells us that he doesn't understand our problem when he is just fine with his huge body and has no problem being the height and weight he is.
We know that he has no idea (although he will be a Pre-Med student in less than a year) that he is setting himself up for some really tough issues in his young adult life.
His Father is Pre-Diabetic and must control it with diet and exercise. His mother (me) has cardiovascular disease and at age 49 have already had 2 open heart surgeries to repair left main 97% block and then another open Heart surgery 3 months later to perform a bypass.
We are frightened that our brilliant 16 year old is headed down the wrong path for good health, but at the same time, do not want to punish such a wonderful mind and spirit.
He is really a great person but lacks self-motivation to get control of his obesity and terrible eating habits.
We (his parents) do not over eat and walk everyday except on Sundays, unfortunately our brilliant 16 year old son will not come along.
He has a physical with blood work coming up at the end of March and his Doctor has been with him since he was born.
We can only pray that the Doc "scares" him in a way that wakes him up and makes him realize that he is in for some hard times down the road if he doesn't get things under control and start having some self-respect about his looks his health.
Any suggestions other than what we have mentioned sure would be helpful Thank You - scared parents in N. CA
Wow! It sounds like you really do have a brilliant 16 year old son. Talking about Pre-Med at 16?
Wouldn't it be great if you could get your Doctor to find a way to divert that brilliancy into "opening his eyes" to the real danger that lurks.
He wants to be a doctor himself and help people with medical issues. Perhaps a Heart to Heart talk about life goals and the importance of setting a good example will get him to "thinking" and hopefully acting upon those thoughts. Such as: Joining you on your walks.
We wish you and your brilliant 16 year old success. Check back with us on his progress.
There is a page on this web site about a product that we have had tons of positive feed back on. Its called Junior Slim.
You might want to try it out but please don't waste your money unless your son is willing to get motivated and get moving. If he is you both may be pleasantly surprised with the results.
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