Nutrition for kids..

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  1. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    Anyone work with kids at all and nutrition?

    My 6 year old son lives with his mom about 150 miles south of me. His mom and step-dad are obese (she is about 200+ lbs, he is 280+). My son is quickly on the way. He's 6 years old, 90lbs. He's very tall, but is still overweight. The worst part is that he doesn't live with me. His mom is all about fast food or quick and easy. They eat flat out junk.

    This summer he'll be with me for 3 weeks. I'd like to get him into some habits for the 3 weeks as well as get really active.

    Can he drink protein shakes? Anyone know of good sites for me to visit? I know this may be a stretch in here.. but thought it might be worth a shot.
     
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    I for one would stay away from giving him protein shakes or any type of "meal replacing" shakes. Just teach him how to eat. Not a diet either....just healthy eating habits. Talk to him about the long term benefits...talk to him about the future like Middle School, possbile sports, girls, diseases, etc.
     
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    I can teach him to eat all day long.. that's easy.

    What about when he gets home and his mom feeds him mcdonalds, etc?
     
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    nothing you can do about that...unless you can find some way to do it legally if she can't come to a civil agreement for the benefit of her child.

    Like I told you...its all habits.
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    I've always wondered what I could do legally about it.. Considering how much the world is on a present time anti-obesity kick..
     
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    if its sever enough and nothing is done about it...Im sure you can even get custody of it.
     
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    You should stress the importance of exercise, see if he is into any sports, try to get him into T-ball or something of this nature. The eating will be almost impossible to control, at 6 years old he won't remember a word you said when his mom gets him a McDonalds happy meal. Try to sign him up for some type of outdoor activities, i think that is the best thing you can do being 150miles away.
     
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    There are somewhat healthy options at most fast food places these days.

    Since your ex is going to be taking him there regardless of what you do, I suggest taking him there as well (not all the time, mind you) - but teach him how identify the healthy options on the menu.

    Teach to the situation at hand, not the ideal one that doesn't exist...
     
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    Holy crap I thought he was 9....
     
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    Good thought.
     
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    Maybe try and take him on some long bike rides or something like that several times a week? Don't let him stay inside watching tv or playing video games all day, send him outside. In fact, if it was me I would get rid of my tv for those 3 weeks. If you want to be doing stuff with him take him to the park or something with a ball to kick/throw around. :o Maybe try and cook meals with leaner meat (chicken, fish) and vegetables. No chips, chocolate, coke etc for snacks.
     
  14. Skeletor

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    Get him a skateboard, ride with him. Being that age and having you influence him with it will really get him into it. That will keep him active. As for the food, I don't know... Really show off to him how you eat healthy, and that's why you're big and strong (doesn't matter if you're fat or skinny... to a 6 year old you're big and strong no matter what). When you feed him healthy stuff tell him to eat up, or else he won't get big muscles. Also, bring him to the gym and let him hang out with you and watch you while you work out (also ask him to be your spot when you bench or something, getting him involved would be even better... needless to say do an easy weight, 100 lbs to him is crazy strong, if you do it 20 times he'll think your the hulk haha)...

    I'm sure you see where I'm going with this. Little kids idealize their fathers, and especially at his age if you show him all the healthy stuff you're doing he will seriously strive to do the same... Even if he is a regular kid who eats crumby and stuff. Kids have no control. If you do this it's likely that when he grows up to a teenager he'll have it embedded in his thought process to eat healthy or else he won't achieve the physical goals he will want to meet as a man.
     
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    Great suggestions, thanks guys. I appreciate it.
     
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    talk to his mom and have her get him involved in sports. You said he's tall get him in basketball lots of running and cardio. Also put the plug in her ear about fast food and getting away from it. Might even do her some good.
     
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    Yeah, like a 6 year old is gonna choose a salad when he could have french fries and coke
     
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    kill mom
     
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    french fries and a coke sounds incredible at this point :hs:
     
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    Maybe, maybe not. But it's better than burying your head in the sand regarding what his environment's going to be when he gets home.
     
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    I'd agree with you, but 3 weeks isn't going to be enough time to enstill any info in him about diet and being active.

    my previous point still stands
     
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    Oh - I read 3 months.

    Yeah, 3 weeks is tough. I think the best you can do is have him eat healty and tasty while with you and try to get him involved in an activity.
     
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    :rofl: Yes, there IS a solution!
     
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    I've always wanted to do this...
     
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    do it do it...you have the whole support of FN
     
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