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    Have low calorie filling snack options available. Portion control for everyone in the house and no leftovers. Don’t keep nuts or nut butter in his reach, or better yet in the house. Just as well as no junk.

    Create boundaries in the home(you are allowed this, not this w/o permission etc.) Do not eliminate treats, but make them actual treats. Weekly perhaps. Bring the family walks into the routine. Keep him busy so that he isn’t boredom eating. Watch his drink calories. Keep flavoured (perhaps with lemon) water in the fridge. Don’t make it a shame thing(you/I need to lose weight…) Make it we need to be stronger and healthier. 11-year-olds want to feel like superheroes in training, not fat kids with a problem. If you can maybe get him into a martial art, or check out YouTube if you can’t afford an actual class.

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    Kids literally eat whatever you have in the kitchen. Stock up on fruit and vegetables, ditch the junk food and lead by example by doing physical activities with him. I tested this by changing what I buy for groceries and now my kid’s snack on celery, carrots and fruits. They always adapt!

    Change the home environment and model healthy eating and exercise habits.

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    Eat healthy, walking places together as a family instead of driving. Jumping on a trampoline can burn a lot of calories, anything that can keep him up and move. I would slowly cut out any excess sugars like in soda's etc. Swimming is always good, especially since its low impact. Have family days at the park, or at a water park. 

    My son found football at 11 and thinned down naturally. It’s just getting them moving with something they enjoy – swimming, trampoline, sports etc..

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    It’s up to you as a parent. You control what goes into the child’s body. He is a child, so there is no need for any drastic dietary changes as he is still developing. What you can do is provide him with healthier food options and also don’t let him over-eat. Encourage him to engage in physical activity by signing him up for a sport or setting up outdoor activities. Also when he hits puberty a lot of the fat will start to drop off.

    Limit tv and cell phone time. Also, be sure to cook healthy at home and prep his lunch for school. Cut the sugar. 

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    Martial arts is better than any other sport: full-body training, classes year-round, nearly daily. Most sports are seasonal and only 2 or 3 days a week.
    Cut out soda and monitor sugar intake, ditch school lunches, involve him in cooking at home so he can learn healthy habits, serve his food for him (my mom still serves my portions when I visit while my younger siblings are good on their own, but I always waisted food otherwise), take him to a doctor and have a full check-up and blood workup, consider if therapy is possibly necessary, consider if habits causing weight gain are learned and if household changes would help, eat the same foods as hin, eat as a family.

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    Kids tend to put on a little weight at this age because they’re right about to sprout up. All you can do is make sure they eat healthy. No soft drinks, no junk food.

    No soda. Walk with him. If it’s too hot, walk through the mall with him. Activity!!!! LOTS of activity!!!

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    Stop feeding him junk food period and snacks between meals (no matter how healthy). Get him outside and moving and away from his devices.

    Start with decreasing his sugar intake and dedicate 1/2 an hour of movement daily Work on what he is into….war games, watching sports like soccer so you can incorporate and interest him into an exercise like boxing, martial arts or kicking the football around at the park

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    My son now 11 struggles with his weight from time to time. Our kinesiologist picked up that he had candida in his body. So he went on a candida food program, and it’s amazing how well it worked.

    We have one night a week where we get a roast chook and chips after he finishes swimming. He doesn’t eat lollies and only a chocolate frog once in a blue moon. He has occasional Dorito and only has lemonade if we go to a restaurant. This was just the same before we found out about the candida. We were so perplexed and wondered why he was chubby. I’m not sure what causes this in a child so young, and maybe he will always have to watch this because we have been told he has candidiasis again. He has a bit of a tummy again, so there is definitely something about it. He is a good kid and really tries hard to follow the program. He wasn’t so happy being told this again with school holidays here as it is quite restrictive so we have said we will have one night per week where he can have a treat for the holidays, so he is happy. It’s. Crazy when you see some kids eating and drinking all the wrong things, and they are tiny skinny kids. I hope you find some answers 😊

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    Talk to your paediatrician and get a nutritionist. 
    Throw away all the video games, take away his phone and take him on walks with you, find a sport he likes (casual basketball games, doesn't have to be competitive), take him fishing, learn how to cook healthier, give up you high-fat recipes, buy more fruits and vegetables. Notice I did not say 'make him do' anything, take him with you, you have to expose him to more activities until he finds ones that he likes.

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    Get him active! Encourage family activities and cook healthy meals together. Once he starts to see the cool things his body can do and the strength and flexibility he has, he’ll appreciate being fit. Body strength is such a good thing to show kids they have. And please do not restrict him or telling that he can’t have something because he’s too fat, or it’ll make him fat.

    You’ll just foster unhealthy habits like binging, hiding food, food for comfort, etc. It’s so important that he’s learning balance! Talk to a child psych, nutritionist, or his paediatrician. 

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    We changed our carb-laden dinners to meat n veggie meals. Instead of spaghetti n meatballs with garlic bread, it’s meatballs and spaghetti sauce on spiralled zucchini with broccoli on the side.
    Our entire family lost weight without changing anything else or drawing attention to the kids’ weight.

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      That’s a great suggestion! Any suggestions for breakfast? I want to get away from cereal.

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        Oatmeal is a healthy carb. I put it in the crockpot with butter and xylitol (a sweetener that doesn’t raise blood sugar), and when it’s done, it’s crunchy like cereal. Drink with almond milk.

        I also make Trim Healthy Mama pancakes that have cottage cheese and egg whites and oatmeal. Make triple batches on Saturday, and they eat them all week. Plenty of protein and healthy carbs. I add a few sugar-free chocolate chips, and they love them.

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    It's hard to tell an eleven-year-old they can't eat things that other people in the house are eating. You cannot lock cabinets and the fridge with a kid that old. They deserve dignity and a feeling of autonomy. The entire household needs to change, and the problematic foods need to be removed altogether. It's a sacrifice that has to be made for the emotional health of the kid.

    Also, EVERYONE needs to start doing some activity/exercise. Examples need to be made, etc. In my experience as a teacher, I have seen parents take classes at the gym with their kids

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    You need to make it a family lifestyle change. You can’t bring snack cakes into the house for everyone but not for him. You can’t say he can’t sit and watch tv when the rest of the family is. It needs to be changed for the whole family not made to feel like a punishment. If it feels like a punishment, he could develop life long issues with food and have poor body image. Also, talk to his paediatrician.

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    Get him some friends with no video games, run, parks, frisbee, baseball, soccer, then feed veggies and fruits when he gets hungry.

    And try and find a sport that they enjoy. Martial arts is useful not only will he get fitter but he will learn to defend himself too

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    Maybe invest in a punching bag or some martial arts gear he can use to train in spare time? He will WANT to do it since its something you know he’s passionate about. Try not to force it upon him. Maybe join in with him, go to the garage every evening and just train karate, punch shit. Good bonding aswell.

    Don't just tell him to go outside and play, either invite his friends over to play or go out with him and play with him.

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