I have a 24yo, and despite me cooking meals every day, and there being an array of fresh and homemade goods to eat, he goes and buys McDonalds, etc with his money. This really frustrates me, and I can see his glazed over look when I comment on his addiction to sugar! He is peaking at 114kg now, and I am worried for him. What else can you do as a Mum but lead by example? I tell him I love him often, and want him to live a long and happy life… I’m worried he is going to eat himself into an early grave. His come back is he doesn’t drink or smoke – yeah both great things NOT to do, but the sugar worries me… Has anyone got any ideas that may help?

Posted by coastalkaryn, 31st January 2016

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  • try to encourage him to save up for something great! instead of maccas. i agree, he really does need to make the decision to change and you can’t do it for him. hope some mums have some ideas though.


  • At his age, he has to be the one willing to change. If he’s not interested, there is nothing to do.
    Maybe it would be a good idea indeed to have someone talk to him. His weight quite worries me. And he’s still so young. He needs to realize how much strain he’s putting on his body every time he goes and eats junk food. That’s just empty calories, no food.
    I can imagine how worried you are. :-(


  • I would urgently seek advice from a doctor just to check out his hormones. They will know once they checkup on him . Hope you find a solution soon .


  • Maybe suggest he work on a weekly menu with you that covers take away once a week(or for lunches only) to others meals you all can enjoy.. Is there any chance he is depressed? we all like bad foods but in moderation… Some people use food as a means of coping with things in life.. Maybe even ask hmm to help you out cooking in the kitchen..


  • You are doing the right thing , leading by example. Does he have a low self esteem.is the sugary foods a comfort thing. Does he excercise or play sport. Maybe he needs to join a group activity


  • At that age ultimately it is his decision. Sounds like you are giving him options and leading by example so there’s not a lot more you can do. Hopefully he will realise what he is doing to his body and make a change.

    • Role modelling is definitely the right thing to do and maybe even show him info on what is actually in fast food?


  • He is an adult. It appears he lives with you with you paying and doing everything for him. Does he have a job? If he is not earning his own money, then perhaps cutting any funds you give him could help prevent ability to buy MacDonalds?


  • It is difficult because he is an adult, however, maybe, you could politely suggest a visit to a nutritionist/dietician for advice?


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