Topic: Diet plan for an obese 12 year old
Diet plan for an obese 12 year old
I’m friends with a 12 year obese kid who needs to loose about 50 pounds. He knows it, and is sort of motivated. He’s bright but a poor reader, poorly educated – with a marginally literate – social-service dependant mom (with whom I am also comfortably friendly.)
I have been gently working with them both on understanding nutrition, calories & reading & understanding food labels etc. But there are so many things I never thought of – i.e. I gave him fresh cucumbers from my garden all summer to snack on – only to learn they ate them with gobs of mayonnaise! (I then introduced him to humus as an alternative.) Mom will actually throw away whole-wheat bread and wait in line for an hour for free white bread. Not a lot of hope there.
I remember some kind of diet system where you have cards with various nutritional values – veggie – carbo – protein – fat – that you move from one side of the folder to the other as you go through the day. Has anyone ever used this system? With kids? Is it even still around? Any other practical suggestions? I want something visual – colored stickers or something like that – in a little book that he can carry around. Keeping a food journal will not work. Mom took him to one meeting with a nutritionist at the clinic (she is also overweight and borderline diabetic) but is not motivated to go back because of “cultural differences.”
Remember these are people in a completely different reality from most of us – Please I’m not interested in judgement, just suggestions.