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Paediatrician - Answered on Feb 26, 2024

Dr Deepa Suvarna is a practising paediatrician with 25 years of experience. She completed her MD in paediatrics from the TN Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital, MBBS from the King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College and diploma in child health from the College of Physicians and Surgeons.... more
Asked by Anonymous - Feb 26, 2024Hindi

My 13 YO is addicted to junk food. He weighs 64 kg and is borderline obese. He used to be good at sports but now that he goes to tuition and extra classes there is no time for exercise. He doesn't eat his tiffin but saves his pocket money to buy chips and order junk food on his way home or when he steps out of the house. If we don't give him pocket money, he still manages to get it through his friends. How can we stop these habits? I am really worried about his health

Ans: You can explain about the health complications. The meals at home should be completely healthy. Consult a dietician along with your son for a detailed health plan that will work out for him. Also consult a psychologist for counselling your son
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sir , i am 46 yrs with 16yrs of marriage and leading a normal life. I have 2 sons . My elder son is 15yrs (DOB 19/3/08). He is preparing for JEE mains and due to this he attends some additional digital classes apart from college.My problem is recently my son was caught watching porn videos . And when we doubt or tell him to avoid by telling the pros and cons of it ,he gets aggressive. At the ending of his 10th std, he was caught for the first time, but he said it just opened (porn link) by mistake.He was one of the topper in his school for 10th.He is good at academics. He does not have a personal mobile. Now in 11th std,only for online classes he has access to net. But this time i think he has got addicted.How to handle this addiction? And since last 1/2 month he is eating less, sleeping well. I know this is a natural feeling at this age , but he is watching perverted porn sites involving porn games.Please advise.
Ans: Dear Anonymous,
As much as this seems normal for his age, a bit of experimentation can also lead to addiction. When this has begun to affect focus and concentration, it requires a bit of Intervention.
Kindly approach an Adolescent Counsellor/Psychologist in your city who can assess the situation and do something beyond talk and advising.
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All the best!
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