My 10 yr old son eats practically nothing. He lives on Reeses Peanut butter cups, popcorn, goldfish, pizza, sometimes a hot dog, crackers, cereal loaded with sugar, pretzels. He drinks iced tea chocolate milk from school, water, soda and juice boxes. He has been this way all his life. He is very small for his age, but his dad and I are not big people. I don't know what to do. I have tried EVERYTHING. He literally gags and throws up if I have to get medicine down his throat. I'm thinking he is OCD or has an eating disorder. Help, please
Um, don't you buy the groceries? Aren't you and his father in charge? If you don't want him to live of junk food don't buy it and don't let him eat it. He only lives off this junk because you let him. Yes he will act like you are trying to torture him and that the world is ending but that is what you get when you suddenly place rules/structure/discipline on a previously spoiled child. Yes, I said it spoiled, but I am not saying it to be mean or offensive I am simply stating a simple truth. If you care for your son (and I know that you do) you must stand up and take charge. You will have quite a difficult time ahead of you but your son's health and very quality of life are at stake. This is one battle that you will have to fight and win. Your son is getting no nutrition from what you have mentioned. He needs to be eating real food, not over processed junk. Fresh fruit and veggies, whole wheat bread, brown rice, lean meat, low-fat dairy, etc. Just because you and your family are "not big" does not mean you are healthy. It is time for you and your hubby to step up be good role models to your son and lead the way to healthy eating.
It may be helpful to have a doctor evaluate your son's health. There could be some underlying problems that a doctor can discover and help you treat. The diet that you are describing is not giving him the vitamins and minerals and protein that he needs. The high carbs also can lead to juvenile diabetes in susceptible children. People with experience with children can give you advice on how to get more nutritious foods into him (my mother used to put veggies in the meatloaf). I can't really help you with that part. But you are right to be concerned -- his diet is unhealthy. Please let us know how it goes as you look for ways to make changes in his (and your family's) diet.