I own a dojo and I have a student that is 9 years old and he weighs approx. 225lbs. No big surprise his Dad is about 6’2" and over 400lbs. Mom is shaped very much like a ball.
This boy has been a student of mine for about 3 years and I am sincerely concerned for his health. I tried to set his Dad up on a diet and exercise program which started out very slow in hopes that it might trickle down and help out his son. Of course, it didn’t.
This boy’s belly hangs down to the very top of his thighs. He has a very hard time doing the most simple things in class (like standing up after sitting).
I’m finally at a point where I’m so ugly at his folks that I’m wondering if I can report them for abuse. No, they aren’t physically or mentally abusive they are just ruining this boy’s life by letting him shovel in all the junk food he possibly can.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what course of action I might possibly take to help this kid?
Thank you very much.
Wow, helluva situation you have there bro. It’s commendable that you’re concerned about him and not just writing he and his folks off as a family of fatties. You need to feel good/proud about that and use that as a postive motivator rather than a distractor.
It seems that your best course of action would be to call a meeting with the parents, in attendance should be you, them, and perhaps a third party mediator so that the conversation won’t get too one sided or overly passionate concerning the future of their boy. In the times we live in it’s good to have a mediator in these types of situations just in case the parents want to turn into dickheads and sue you for something…
If you’re able to achieve this meeting, you should work the angle of the boys health and well being, tactfully explaining the dangers of morbid obesity at such a young age as well as the kind of lifestyle he’ll be living as a young teenager/adult. Since you’re not a dietary expert you can’t officially give them dietary tips, but you can break down what the boy currently eats and make suggestions to get him on the right track…
I know that you’re running a business and not a charity, so the dollars and cents of you spending time on this one student might be nagging at you. But you’re in a position to really help this whole family and the intervention you make now might change their life for the good. Something you can’t put a pricetag upon.
Good luck bro, here’s to you doing the right thing.