Anorexia can happen in boys, but it's pretty obvious if someone is anorexic and your his mom, so probably not. This could be due to contrast and the fact that not all people have the same amount of hunger as others. I remember I used to eat a lot when I was 12 and 13, but began to feel full and not botherred with food when the initial stages of puberty were over. Maybe he is just a hungry person and you are comparing his appetite to when he was younger and ate more. You will have to determine this for yourself.
I would suggest giving him a wide range of appetizing foods which he can eat leisurely, which I'm sure you've tried, but I mean a really wide range. Baugettes which have been made into nice sandwiches with lettuce and chicken put in the fridge for him to eat when he wants, waffles, cheese, bacon, lamb chops, rice, nuts, basically giving him the luxury of having the food he wants when he wants. This should break him out of any petty foibles he might have about eating. If you don't want him to end up like Eric Cartman you can always just, buy the ingredients and slowly allow him to cook for himself.
Well, glad to hear he likes to eat something!
Sound like the reason for his being thin is that he really doesn't eat much.
Does he have his sense of taste and smell? Does he have any other signs like those of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Is his liver OK, if so?
I heard of a woman who went on a long airplane ride and immediately afterward lost her sense of taste and smell. I suspect that there was someone sitting next to her that was exposed to 2-butoxyethanol & was breathing it out in their breath. Exposure is vapors in eyes. www.valdezlink.com/acute.htm
I am talking about 2-butoxyethanol and its exposure is not age related. Anyone at any age can get the vapors in their eyes. I strongly suspect it for being a primary cause of SIDS. Check for blood in urine, and damage to red blood cells by immune system. Look for any autoimmune issue, as it could cause many of them.
In particular, it causes autoimmune hemolytic anemia, but doctors don't look into that, because the counts or red blood cells are at least borderline normal for many, many years.
It seems to be a primary cause of autoimmune metabolic issues.
Loss of appetite? I don't know. But it is possible
My brother-in-law is just like that. Today he's 28 and my mother-in-law says he's been this way all his life. He's tall and very thin and he too wants to gain weight, but he just doesn't. He too, loves to eat pizza and some sort of nut flavored crisps which is popular here. He's also been taken to the doctor and the doc said eactly what you were told. But still, make sure that there aren't any other complaints connected with this.
I have the exact same problem that your son has. I am 25 years old, 5'9" and only weigh about 130 on a good day. I get hungry now and then but I usally just let it pass because nothing ever looks good to eat. It's funny that cereal and pizza is what he eats all the time because that is what I usally find most appitising. I also drink alot of fluids (I would much rather be able to drink a meal then eat one. Eating always seams boring and like a waste of time to me) I also have terrible sleeping habits, but that might not have anything to do with it. The only time I have ever been able to gain weight was while I was working out and taking alot of protein. As soon as I stopped working out and drinking a few protein shakes a day I lost all the weight. I my self am (planning) thinking about going to see a councler about my problem. To see if it is mental or physical.
High protein shakes and an appropriate exercise program are known to add muscle to thin frames. Ask your doctor for a referral to a physician specializing in issues related to atheletic training.
To prevent further heath problems, however, you must get your child to consume fruits and vegetables. A juicer may help in this quest.
I sent you a PM message. I hope you read it. I see this post has 3 yrs wroted.
I am a boy and im 15 years old and im a picky eater. All i eat is Pizzia, soup, pb&J and thats about it. i drink 1 glass of milk every day. I all so eat pop tarts for break feast. i want to gain 30 pounds , i only way 100 pounds. please comment and help me find a way to gain weight.
OMG, I cannot believe I found this forum. My son is 17, he is exactly the same as the rest. He is 5'11, 110 lb. All he likes to eat is pizza, cereal, and pb&j and chips. Recently he caught a cold and seems thinner and I noticed he has dark circles under his eyes. We are very concerned and think he might have an eating disorder or some physcological reason for not wanting to eat. I feel bad because I am always bugging him to eat his dinner. Now that I have read your comments, it seems like it is not uncommon, we will still go to the doctors, but, I think just having alot of what he likes to eat in the house is the best thing now. Thanks for all your comments, as a mom, it makes me feel better to know he will be ok.
I have a relative who is 11 years old, a boy and he has always had a horrible appetite - just doesn't want anything. He seems to eat what we call a 'white' diet: white bread, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, toast, etc. He will not eat meat - won't even have a hamburger or fries unless it is from a fast food place. No fruits, no vegetables, no eggs, some milk he will drink - won't even eat candy. He is small for his size and the parents don't push the questions with the doctors and the doctors keep saying - oh, he's small for his age. He has bad looking teeth and seems pale most the time and his eyes don't look healthy. Blood work has not shown anything. Any ideas? Endocrine problem? an eating disorder?
I have to comment just because all of the respones seem either not helpful, or are futher related to boys (while i do understand that the original post was as well) I just want to say that I'm a 22 year old female and have always been the same way. I can barely manage to eat once a day and am rarely ever hungry. It's not because there is anything wrong but because of our animal insticts. Some people need more food than others while some bodies only require the bare minimum for survival. Not everyone eats until they feel full and not everyone requires the same nutritional values. Our body will tells us when it needs nutrients and when it no longer requires them. We were meants to survive not feel full.
On another note, seeing as your son wants to gain weight and has this issue, I would suggest protein drinks and meal suppliments such as boost. With this type of motabolism the body seems to respond better to liquids instead of solids.
There were times during my teenage years (female; now 23-year-old) when I was virtually never hungry. I didn't dare mention this to my parents, because my mother would freak out and whine about how I never appreciate her cooking, but after a growth-spurt, I just generally wasn't very hungry.
I have a 12 years old son who weighs 65 lbs. He never eats anything. He has ADHD and is on some meds that could keep his appetite suppreses but he has never eaten anything. He does get a bit hungry at night but only for junk food. I am affraid that at his age it could affect his brain from growing along with everything else. I have taken him to the doctor but they have found nothing. He just will not eat and when he does he only eats half and then tells me he won't eat anymore. I am scared for his health. Any comments would be appreciated
My 19 year old is never hungry. In fact he says when he tries to eat, he has trouble swallowing. He doesn't want to be skinny, so I don't think it's anorexia. What he eats when he eats is chicken wings, pizza and chips. He only eats late at night. He's about 6 ft tall and weights 120 on a good day. He will drink the V8 Fusion drinks and the 350 calorie nutrition drinks. He says "it *****" to never be hungry. I wish I knew what I could do to help him.
I, too, have one of those sons. He is 18 now, 5'10", 125 pounds, and diagnosed with ADHD. Like everyone else here, he has never had any real appetite, from the time solid food was introduced in his babyhood. Like many others, he vastly prefers to drink rather than eat, and is indifferent to sweets. Just to keep things interesting, he will occasionally have what he calls “acute hunger” attacks, which are sudden debilitating episodes of hunger accompanied by nausea and, unfortunately, an inability to eat. He, too, will experience difficulty swallowing. We have visited physicians and psychologists without receiving any real help at all, although his pediatrician did note that many ADHD patients will not have good appetites, even without medication. I think it’s stating the obvious to say that these lads do not have normal hunger mechanisms.
Our coping strategy is to play to his strength; namely, liquids. He tries to drink half an Ensure in the morning, along with whatever bread or cereal he can eat. At night, he will have a glass of chocolate milk, although we have attempted milk shakes as well. Although we have not tried the fruit-veg fusion drinks, I really like the idea, since we all know vegetables are on the far side of impossible. Of course, a multivitamin. He is taking the minimum dosage of Adderall he can cope with.
I don’t think that brain development is at any serious risk. In our case, my son is currently taking pre-calculus, physics, and macro-economics, and did well on all those standardized tests the kids have to take these days. He got admitted to the university of his choice. So, it is possible to have a non-eater do well intellectually. His physical skills are not great; he will always be the last one picked for any team in phys ed class. But that he has learned how to deal with. Good luck!
I am one of these kids you are discussing i am 19 5'7 135 all of my friends are similar in height but weigh a good 15-20lbs more then i do. I mainly eat pizza, cheeseburgers, and cereal. Infact you could say i live on those three things. from my experiance its more to do with being a picky eater. always have been always will be. Being picky has made me prefer liquids to solids as well as not want to eat when im sick of the same stuff all the time but nothing sounds good so i let the hunger pass. It is frustrating but its something people like me just need to cope with. My advice is to tell your sons to simply try to get one good sized meal a day in and then eat when you feel the need the rest of the day. They are not sick or anorexic just thinner people who will fill out with age as everyone else simply takes time.
P.S. You can also tell your sons they can look forward to being the good looking middle aged men with out guts sticking out over their belts. Then they wont care at all how much they weighed as teenagers
It is a phobia/psychological problem and should be treated as such. He needs therapy.
Children who are picky eaters grow out of it, if they dont they need treatment.
At this age and while being tall, the fridge door should be opening and closing every half hour !
I am 35 and I am also the same. My whole life.
I went to doc's and even took steroids... Nothing helps.
I would love to gain weight but nothing helps.
And no I did not grow out of it and no therapy will help...
I work at pharmaceutical wholesale supplier and I have try ed a wide range of stuff. Nothing makes me hungry...
Have there Thyroids tested (overactive)
I too am rarely hungry anymore. I’m an 18 year old female and I’ve always been very thin naturally, always eating small amounts of food because I fill up quickly. But lately I’ve been having on/off bouts of simply having no appetite and no desire to eat anything. Nothing sounds “good” to eat. I’ve never known what it’s like to get excited about a meal or something, like I know many people do. i’m 5′2″ and my peak weight was about 94 lbs, which was great. Right now I’m scared to weigh myself, but my low is 87 lbs. I’m probably around there right now if I were to guess. I don’t look malnourished, but I do look quite thin and people have commented on it out of the blue with things like, “You are so thin!” or the more insulting, “You need to eat!” People don’t think about it, but pointing out that someone is too thin is no different than pointing out that someone is overweight. You can tell someone, “You need to stop eating!” But it’s okay to tell someone they’re too thin and need to eat more. Don’t you think I know that?
Sorry I went off on a rant, I’m very upset about this. I’d really like a nutritionist to help me eat in a way that will be healthy for me, eating things with more calories and protein, and making sure I eat regularly. Weight loss and eating “healthfully” is stressed so much in the U.S., but what’s healthful for more than half the nation is not what’s healthful for me. I need high protein, high calorie foods. I don’t know. I’m at a loss here. I just want to have an appetite like everyone else.
I have the same problem. As a 17 yr old girl, being very skinny isnt looked on as too bad of a thing, but I am unsatisfied with my weight nonetheless. I am rarely hungry, eat few things, and when I do get hungry it passes quickly, just as all of you have described previously. Thankfully, I have found the answer, and a way to return my natural appetite.
I live in a state where medical marijuana is legal and recommended to patients with certain disorders, including Anorexia. NOT anorexia nervosa, the mental disease, just anorexia, the term for a lack of hunger. The cannibanoids in marijuana stimulate the body's natural hunger mechanism. I understand that many of you may not want to use "illicit drugs" on your children, but you must understand that it is a VALID medical treatment. Marijuana doesnt need to be smoked to be effective, it is perscribed for many things, including returning apettite in people with many medical conditions, such as AIDS, and cancer.
I know many of you will not be happy with this, but I am just proposing the solution that I have found. I have found help. Please at least consider it. Talk to a doctor if you live in a place where medical usage is legal.
I used to be an anorexic and what helped me gain weight was exercise. Intense exercise really burned my energy and I found myself starving afterwards.At that point I had restricted myself long enough that I rarely felt hunger and filled up too quickly. Using those muscles and the energy will probably be a good way to eat more while gaining healthy muscle weight.
I am very concerned about my 14 year old son, his eating is terrible some days he doesnt eat anything but a piece of pizza but will stuff himself with sweets and energy drinks. He is painfully thin and says he doesnt like the taste of food, when researching this online the only eating disordrs you get information about are anorexia and bulimia and i would say he has neither but he definately has an eating disorder of some sort.
He waits until i am in bed and goes downstairs and gets crisps and biscuits and then stays up till about 3 or 4am and then I cant get him out of bed, at the weekends its like a power struggle between us as he would lie in bed till tea time and I dont think this is right for a teenager, he should be up and out with friends or whatever but when you speak about any of this he just has a major strop and stomps about the house as if i am in the wrong not him.
I know if I take him to the doctor he will go off on one and embarass me because he does this everywhere he goes. I just dont know what to do.
This is very interesting and comforting to read. My son is 18, 6' 5" tall and weighs 135lbs. He doesn't want to eat. He forces himself to eat and finds it hard to swallow food. The first meal of the day is the hardest for him to get down. He stays up until the early morning hours and is able to eat more then. He thinks it is phycological. He has OCD, but has controlled some of the repetitive behaviors throughout his life with his mind.
ive noticed tht wen im around my gf and talking to her and stuff im like never hungry... shes always bugged how i never eat in front of her but its bc im never hungry when im with her or talking to her... is there a reason for this?
ive also noticed im never hungry wen i wake up i always hav to be up and running for about an hr b4 im hungry... is there a reason for either one of these?
My 13 year old son has the SAME PROBLEM!! We have done multiple blood tests, fecal tests, upper G.I endoscopy/biopsy... etc etc. The endoscopy/biopsy showed plaque on his esophogus (not sure cause- probably antibiotic use) but also showed lactose intolerance.He was given prevacid and told to use lactaid if/when eating milk products. The morning nausea has somewhat subsided but he STILL DOESN"T care to eat but maybe once a day. He has a very slim frame his cheeks are sunken in and many times has dark circles under his eyes. I find it so interesting that many of you have also noted that they stay up late at night-my son also has trouble falling asleep. He has since he was a baby! I am at my wits end, he does not have anorexia-in the most common sense but wants to eat, wants to have an appetite.He just doesn't or if he does eat he gets nauseous. He went out to eat with his brother and dad and said he wanted to eat but the food looked disgusting. I once made him eat a few almonds just to get something in his body and he threw them up! I am concerned about his physical and mental health. Any suggestions?