Growing up I always remember my mum and dad were always on a diet. There was one weight loss programme after another. I recall them being on Slimming World, Weight Watchers and a tonne of others.
The most memorable was probably their time on the Atkins Diet when it was all the rage in the 90’s, I don’t think I have ever seen so much steak in my life and the amount of eggs just wanted to make me vomit.
I wouldn’t mind but at the time there were constant warnings about the dangers of cholesterol and having too many eggs.
Then like with their gym membership that they only used for the first month, it was soon forgotten about and they moved onto something else.
My mum was never fat and my dad was only fat (could always do with a 2.5 stone weight loss) when my mum was peddling diets on him. He would sneak off to the chippy when she wasn’t looking and there was always someone making him a bacon butty.
But even though I found it rather amusing – I never felt the need to join them. In fact I often felt the opposite when they would never have any chocolate in and all I had to eat was some cooking chocolate! Though as I hit my teenage years I soon realised that I could chop up a potato and cook it in the fryer for my fat cravings!
But of course I never missed out, with a Grandma that lived at the end of the street with sweets money meant that I never really cared either way about their weight loss plans and just took it with a pinch of salt.
Kyle on the other hand is a different story
My parents never counted calories and they never covered weight loss as a day to day job. So I can understand why he is taking more of an interest. He has a BMI of 18.7 which is only just in the normal rate. He never keeps still and can’t even sit still and watch a film for two hours without fidgeting.
At school he is constantly into his sports such as table tennis, basketball and football and could get away with eating 3 McDonalds a day and still wouldn’t gain weight. He has a flat board stomach that has me screaming with envy and now because of what we do has shown an unnatural interest in weight loss.
He wants to save calories by skipping breakfast, asks me how many calories are in things and is exercising more than normal after school on the Wii.
In the last week I have been on my own 7 day detox diet and he has wanted to copy my lead and as such I have shared quite a bit of soup with him. To my surprise when he weighed himself he had lost 2 pounds just by a little copying of my actions.
Then over the last couple of days he has become more and more obsessive. I point out that I do this as a day job and also because I am clinically overweight and Dominic is clinically obese. I had to force his breakfast down him this morning and know I have a task ahead to change his views.
I have pointed out that weight loss is an act of science if you don’t eat enough calories and you’re skinny you’ll become ill. Just like if you eat too many calories and don’t exercise enough you’ll get fat!
It also doesn’t help that Kyle is much taller than his classmates and because of this they weigh less than him.
But you also always associate these problems with girls never boys and often don’t notice their interest as much.
Kyle is now on strict instructions that if he exercises more, he will be expected to eat more to make up the difference and a few extra trips to McDonalds will put him back on the straight and narrow. He is far from an eating disorder (especially with his love for chocolate) but he does have an obsession with numbers and I want to stamp this out before it turns into something big!
Plus I also know what his favourite naughty foods are and even if he tries anything I will soon fatten him up!
Though, it does feel crazy having one member of the family that needs to gain a little, while us two need to lose weight.