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Weight Gain during puberty?

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  • Posted By: rhelt100
  • November 17, 2013
  • 00:47 AM

Hello. Need a quick answer to settle an argument with my fiancee.
My son is overweight. He's currently 12 years old and weighs in at 145 pounds. We have been watching his diet and physical activity pretty closely for the past six months. During this time, he has gained two pounds (143-145) while growing 2.5 inches. My argument is that since he has gained height during this time frame, a gain in two pounds is actually a loss in BMI regardless of what the scale says. It may be a rough estimate but I figure he's about 3 pounds per inch so a height gain of 2.5 inches would correspond to a 7.5 pound gain if he was maintaining. Therefore, if he only gained two pounds it's the equivalent of a 5.5 pound weight loss regardless of what the scale says.The issue is that I look at this as an accomplishment as he has technically lost 5.5 pounds from our careful monitoring of his diet and physical activity. My fiancee's view is that because he gained two pounds it was a failure.

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