People always went on about teenage boys and food..... only NOW do I get it

(131 Posts)
DrNick Wed 05-Feb-14 18:16:38

in the last six months suddenly.... I am doing two Tesco orders a week. I just cannot keep up with it. Previous portion sizes look like dolls house sizes.

they never stop!

I know! grin

3 boys here, those pits of a stomach are never filled.

<waits longingly for the shopping to be delivered>

IamInvisible Wed 05-Feb-14 18:21:31

DS1 often cooks something like fish fingers or pizza in the middle of the night!hmm.

I keep wondering how I can cut back in my food bill and then remember I have 2 teen boys so have no hope!

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Wed 05-Feb-14 18:23:40

Oh yes sad!

I have two teenage boys - and do two shops per week. I do one at Lidl & one at Aldi, which saves some money but I could feed myself, DH & DD on a fraction of what they eat between them!

Teenage boy method of eating;

Open fridge. Inhale contents.

20 mins later... eat whole box of cereal, several pints of milk.

Midnight.. bacon and eggs!

I have two teen boys!

LadyBeagleEyes Wed 05-Feb-14 18:28:29

I can't believe how much my grocery bill has gone down since ds went to university.

DrNick Wed 05-Feb-14 18:31:47

today I have done meatballs again and I cooked 24.
in my head this seems enough wiht loads of pasta

nope - think I am having a boiled egg tonight

ScrambledSmegs Wed 05-Feb-14 18:33:18

DH is late 30's and still eats like this. He then complains about our food bills being so high.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Wed 05-Feb-14 18:35:13

LadyBeagleEyes my friend said her shopping bill went down 70% when her boys went to university, just her and her DH left at home.

It was the boxes of 48 Weetabix every couple of days which added up, and the quarts of milk.

Cleanthatroomnow Wed 05-Feb-14 19:04:59

I have a 22 yr old who "needs" to eat every two hours!!!! He's at uni so does not, thankfully, live here full time. By "eat" he means an actual meal....

He's skinny BTW

DrNick Wed 05-Feb-14 19:05:46

It's meals. Huge.

my son is nearly 16 and eats all the time but he is only 7 stone!! and 5ft 4
he eats more than me and im very overweight.

hedwiggywiggerson Wed 05-Feb-14 19:20:49

I dread this, ds1 has a big enough appetite now at 8 shock

Agnesmum Wed 05-Feb-14 19:20:49

Two teenage boys here. They even raid my special "diet cupboard". Eldest DS eats two meals a day. He now cooks his own thank goodness as training to be a chef!

carabos Wed 05-Feb-14 19:22:55

One weekend morning you will wake up to find that your teenage son has multiplied in the night and there are others asleep in every corner. They will want breakfast. You know that story The Tiger Who Came To tea? That's what it's like to try feeding half a dozen of them after a night out clubbing.

RhondaJean Wed 05-Feb-14 19:24:00

Can I just say teenage girls, and tween age ones actually, especially if they are sporty, are not much better.

Saturday my 9 yo had lunch at 30pm with me and DH, we had chicken cacciatore and brown rice, she ate the same as us. DH then made a protein pancake for himself at 4.30, she was hungry again,he made her one, it's three eggs a scoop of vanilla protein powder all served with a big dod of Greek yoghurt and a pile of berries, she ate the lot, then at 6.20 was starving again and ate two slices of wholemeal bread and a full tin of baked beans.

There isn't a pick on this child.

I won't even think about my 14 yo I would weep.

Welcome to my world, its even worse when they bring there mates home with them, I have finally now, my DS is 19. trained him to ask before he eats anything, was fed up of going to cook dinner and finding vital ingredients already eaten.

HoratiaDrelincourt Wed 05-Feb-14 19:33:05

I have three boys, the eldest of whom is five. I consider myself duly warned.

I've been advised to allow for a loaf of bread, a box of cereal and a large bottle of milk per day, just for picking in between "real" food.

DrNick Wed 05-Feb-14 19:44:22

Protein pancake ?!

DrNick Wed 05-Feb-14 19:44:59

Horatia 18 plus pints a week. Minimum And we barely use it (adults )

wilbur Wed 05-Feb-14 19:51:51

Only one teenager here so far, but he ate 12 roast potatoes and 3 Yorkshires at lunch on Sunday. Dh thought he had made enough to go in the freezer. <hollow laugh> Dsis and I were active teenagers and used to get home from school and eat 4 slices of cinnamon toast each, plus cookies and a banana or two before having full dinner with parents, so it's not just the boys.

Am just doing an online shop now....

magimedi Wed 05-Feb-14 19:55:14

I've been advised to allow for a loaf of bread, a box of cereal and a large bottle of milk per day, just for picking in between "real" food.

Between three boys? No way - multiply that by at least a factor of 4 & add one more in for good luck.

When DS left home at 19 I could not believe how much our food bills dropped.

IamInvisible Wed 05-Feb-14 20:00:31

DS1 drinks protein shakes between meals. He's really into keeping fit, going to the gym and lifting weights. We go through about 24 pints of milk a week!

MartinSheensTeeth Wed 05-Feb-14 20:00:33

I have three boys and when we were looking at a new kitchen I remembered my DBro's best mate growing up who was also one of three boys talking in awe about his youngest brother and the amount he could put away - more than the oldest two and they once defeated the Pizza Hut all you can eat buffet and were asked never to return. And that was after a pre-dinner snack too.

So we have space for a humongous fridge.

Catsmamma Wed 05-Feb-14 20:00:35

never expect left overs...never imagine that any cake will be left for another day.

I have three teens, two boys and a girl, ds1 has moved out but still comes home and steals all teh home baking.

and brings friends.

I tell you I'd be rich if I had only half the money I pay to tesco every week.

Come on, let's not fall into competitive:

my teen boy eats more than yours!

Yes they eat, all the fucking time, always! all of them!!

wink

Annunziata Wed 05-Feb-14 20:08:03

I thought I had seen the worst of it, but DS4 is awful. He is never full. And he is skinny!

MartinSheensTeeth Wed 05-Feb-14 20:11:44

Cats I'd get on a plane for your cooking, you can't blame your DS grin

WitchWay Wed 05-Feb-14 20:15:47

DS 16 next week has just eaten 8 big fat sausages with chips & most of a tin of beans. He will be looking for a pint of milk & a load of biscuits before bed. He had already had a milkshake & a cake at school before I picked him up at 6pm. I can remember my brother being just the same.

tilliebob Wed 05-Feb-14 20:15:53

I can't keep my 14 year old DS filled. And if he turns sideways you wouldn't see him, he's so thin. I have literally no idea where he's putting it. However, he's grown a ridiculous amount since starting S3 last August.

Just had this conversation with DH.

Our son s 20 and has always eaten well - now he eats non stop, it is like a switch has been thrown.

WitchWay Wed 05-Feb-14 20:17:11

What amazes me is that he will eat till he's absolutely full, even leaving half a mouthful on the plate, then half an hour or so later he's "starving" & eats a load more - how do they process it that quickly?

sydlexic Wed 05-Feb-14 20:21:34

My DS is 13 and doesn't eat very much. Always knew he was strange.

motherinferior Wed 05-Feb-14 20:26:11

I never got this, till the first time I left supper for the Inferiorettes plus charming 17 year old male babysitter. Had made huge vat of chicken curry, enough - I thought - for several tubs to freeze.

There was a scraping left in the bottom of the (large) casserole. And I'm quite sure the skinny lad felt the need for a snack laterwink

woodrunner Wed 05-Feb-14 20:26:21

And the milk. We used to get through eight pints a week. Now it's every two days.

Really understand hunger in boys but if you have let your boys eat...

12 roast potatoes in one sitting
8 sausages in one sitting.

That's bad for their health, surely?

WitchWay Wed 05-Feb-14 20:34:17

As long as the diet is mixed & contains fruit & veg I'm pretty relaxed about it. Eight sausages wasn't ideal, granted - four were supposed to be for DH whom I'd forgotten was eaten out. It's usually more like 4 or 5 (!)

WitchWay Wed 05-Feb-14 20:35:12

Eating out - oops

Lots of fat drained out of them & wasn't eaten.

plus3 Wed 05-Feb-14 20:38:01

So how do you fill them up?
DS is just 10 and professes to be starving - roast chicken, mountains of mad and broccoli for supper then asks what else can he eat? Slice of birthday cake, then he is after cheese & biscuits. I said he could only have a drink - milk or water. Was I being a bit mean?

wigglybeezer Wed 05-Feb-14 20:41:50

The latest issue with food in our house is that ds1 is trying to put weight on for a rugby tour to canada, land of the really huge teenage boy aparently! he is excited that he has managed to put half a stone on, it's like the mirror image of teen girl weight anxieties!

IamInvisible Wed 05-Feb-14 20:53:29

sydlexic give him time!wink

plus3 mine eat a lot of cereal, especially the granola types with natural youghurt. I go to Lidl and buy buckets of yoghurt. It still only lasts a couple days.

DS2 eats lots and lots of Marmite on toast. When he comes in from school he likes Branston pickle and crisp sandwiches.

Cheese, crackers and apples is another favourite here.

When I bake half of it has gone before it gets in to the containers!hmm if we nip into Tesco for something they don't ask for sweets like they did when they were little, they ask for a sandwich!

Mine load up on pasta, eggs and fruit.

Bread is a source of love as is bacon but after reading this they're not so gluttonous after all.

WitchWay Wed 05-Feb-14 20:58:15

Yes Iam baking disappears before it's cooled down if I'm not careful!

specialsubject Wed 05-Feb-14 20:59:08

One weekend morning you will wake up to find that your teenage son has multiplied in the night and there are others asleep in every corner

grin

IamInvisible Wed 05-Feb-14 21:02:04

YY Witch I bake 12 muffins, put them on the rack to cool. When I go to put them in the tin, there are only 7 or 8 left!

Bloody kids!grin

IsaacHuntyChops Wed 05-Feb-14 21:06:11

Yep! DS1 will eat a full roast dinner and then an hour later he will be doing himself some noodles or pasta.

Last night I did Moroccan lamb and rice, DS2 has seconds. An hour later he is rooting through the freezer as he feels like having a plate of chips.

TwoThreeFourSix Wed 05-Feb-14 21:10:35

Argh this is one if my arguments against having 3 DC.

DH eats loads (v sporty). DS is 2 and eats almost as much as I do....Im pregnant with DS2. DS isnt even chubby tho - just lots of muscle like his dad.

God knows what our food bills will be like in a few years.

This sounds terrifying shock I have a 9.5 DS

When does it start?

NK5BM3 Wed 05-Feb-14 21:18:34

I'm realizing this now... DS is nearly 6 and eats a whole grown up dinner plate of dinner every night. But he also eats a substantial meal at after school club (proper food like jackets or noodles or rice...). And pudding. On weekends he eats a chicken breast (or equivalent in other meats), a lot of roast potatoes, veg and Yorkies. And he is skinny. I'd say 50%ile on height and weight.

DrNick Wed 05-Feb-14 21:20:01

mine is getting worse at 15, 13 11

Oh god, when it was just DH and me, we never even got through a pint of milk a week, now the DTs are 1 (tomorrow) and we're getting through 8 pints a week! I tremble at my future food bills. I accidently ordered twice as many bananas (got about 25!) as normal and I just shrugged and thought, saves me buying more at the weekend. DS must eat 15 quids worth of blueberries a week. I am a mug. Should just give them fruit shoots and woody apples...

Oh and I,ve got all my family staying this weekend - 4 men, three of whom are under 30 and have not yet submitted to the civilising influence of girlfriends. I have put in a large order at the butchers.

KatyMac Wed 05-Feb-14 21:28:49

I understand your anguish about teenage boys & their appetite; my baby brother was 6 ft before he was 12 & ate like I have never seen.

I thought I was safe........then my teenage daughter started ballet - it's one thing for a large(ish) youth to eat that much but this tiny slip of a thing barely 7 stone to eat 5 full meals a day!!

tilliebob Wed 05-Feb-14 21:29:13

Don't get me started on milk. I swear we need a cow in the garden. We can go through a 4 pint bottle a day..or in less than a day. We have a mister nobody who sneaks into the fridge at night, makes hot chocolate/milk shake/a huge glass of milk and then leaves a dribble in the bottle for the next morning. angryangryangry

The same person is blamed for empty cartons of fruit juice, butter, etc left in the fridge too.

Shonajoy Wed 05-Feb-14 21:32:33

Oh I feel your pain. My daughter )19) was away training for a month and our food bill of £200 a week dropped to £140. And there was food left!

On another note, my sons mates often come and stay over after going out clubbing, and when they wake up I usually make them a pile of bacon rolls- six stayed over last weekend, so 12 rolls, three and a half packs of bacon. My question is, do other parents do the same? I think if you have guests you should offer breakfast but there's many a time he's stayed elsewhere and been offered nothing, and they all seem pretty well off - buying tuxedos for prom, sending kids on holiday, £50 pocket money...I just think its manners offering nothing at all.

ouryve Wed 05-Feb-14 21:38:36

Already, I have to tell DH which is DS1's plate of food, as it's generally fuller than mine. Then he has pud. He's only 10. He's begun to grow, though. Alarmingly (and expensively) fast.

Moln Wed 05-Feb-14 21:50:17

<puts fingers in ear>

La, la, la, la!!!

dementedma Wed 05-Feb-14 21:56:39

Ds is 12 and eats huge portions already.
Dd2 lives on stir fry and chocolate and dd1 seems to live on chicken fajitas and soup.

Darkesteyes Wed 05-Feb-14 21:57:41

Watch this ladies. Dave Allen sums it up well <funny>

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asp2UjuY3fI

OddBoots Wed 05-Feb-14 22:05:55

It's amazing how much they need. We're really fortunate that ds's school have started to give them a free cooked breakfast if they get in early so that has helped. Other than that is it all the things people are mentioning and a lot of peanut butter on wholemeal toast.

Shonajoy Thu 06-Feb-14 12:16:53

My ambition in life is to fill my fridge before they can empty it. It's not happened yet.

Blamenargles Thu 06-Feb-14 12:38:21

I think DP must still have screen appetite.
He's away this week done a food shop for me and ds cost 23.00 that included fresh fruit veg and cleaning products.
Normally if DP is home it's the 50-60 mark!

HoratiaDrelincourt Thu 06-Feb-14 13:06:56

I've been advised to allow for a loaf of bread, a box of cereal and a large bottle of milk per day, just for picking in between "real" food.

Between three boys? No way - multiply that by at least a factor of 4 & add one more in for good luck.

Sorry, magimedi - I meant "each". The two weaned ones (5 and 2) can eat a loaf in a day between them already, if I let them.

Claybury Thu 06-Feb-14 13:20:09

I find it tricky. My teens are NOT bothered about food and are very skinny so I have to cook food they like that will tempt them to eat enough. ( age 15 and 16) My DS 9 however is a heavier build and eats more than the teens. So I have to watch him a bit as he could get chubby. It's hard to meet everyone's needs. People say don't pander to fussiness but my teens especially my DD would not eat enough if there wasn't stuff she liked. DS16 eats far too much sugary cereal but if I don't buy it he will skip breakfast which I think is worse.
I eat more than my 16 year old son except for cereal and milk - I am an active size 8 adult. Is that weird ?

SonorousBip Thu 06-Feb-14 13:41:34

My DS is 12 and has just gone to secondary. As far as I can see he has: Full breakfast at home - this morning a big bowl of porrige with full fat milk, butter and maple syrup then bagel and peanut butter; second breakfast at school in the canteen (2 hash browns and poached egg, I believe hmm); full school lunch - something like, curry and rice then crumble and custard; energy bar or jaffa cakes after lessons as he has PE this afternoon followed by cross country after school; full meal when he gets in about 5.30/6pm - say sausages and mash and veg plus yoghurt and fruit; a snack (toast and pb or cereal) at about 8.45pm. He will happily have seconds whenever offered/available.

As others say, he is small and slight, although he has grown about 3 inches in the last year, which is I think the driver to this. He has also had a big step up on the amount of sports he does.

It is completely counter-intuitive to the way I eat myself. He is as fit as a butchers dog!

I thought mine ate a lot but some of these stories are mind boggling.
I spend a small fortune on groceries. Big (£100 +) Tesco delivery every week plus Aldi top ups and meat from the market.

Both boys (15 and 18) are 6'2". They eat the same, but interestingly one is 10 stone and the other 11.5 stone.

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Thu 06-Feb-14 15:41:50

My DS daily routine: is come in from school, check cupboards and fridge, get changed then starts eating, he can eat a family sized lasagne no problem

DrNick Thu 06-Feb-14 16:14:40

just got the second tesco order of $100 in ten days.

s2 for breakfast had FIVE weetabix without turning a hair, he is as skinny as a rake and is only 13

DrNick Thu 06-Feb-14 16:15:15

ime year ten is the major year of growth

ggirl Thu 06-Feb-14 17:17:09

I remember my mum going on about it, my 3 brothers ate cheese and milk constantly

greenhill Thu 06-Feb-14 17:40:10

My 3 yo can eat 5 weetabix for breakfast followed by a banana when he is having a growth spurt shock He usually only has two, with fruit and a brioche and juice. He eats adult size meals and large snacks every two hours (normally fruit or whole carrots). He walks for over two hours a day so burns it off easily.

I dread to think what he's going to be like as a teenager.

flow4 Thu 06-Feb-14 18:05:43

I have two boys, 14 and 18. The youngest is just gearing up to his Major Munch Years; the eldest is beginning not to be ravenous all the time! Packets of dried noodles, cereal, waffles and bread are their snack staples...
And I have cut my weekly big shop bill from £90+ at Morrisons to £60-65 at Aldi. Aldi is my friend. grin

Don't you just say "No, that's enough, we have to save some for leftovers" then? <naive mother of 5yo>

I mean, I walk past a curry/casserole/etc I've made sitting in the pan an hour or two after dinner and could happily eat another whole portion but I don't, I save it for another day when I can't be arsed to cook.

Do you just keep feeding them infinite food when they say they're still hungry, because I don't let mine do that, I do wonder if I'm mean though sad and as I said, I am probably naive as he is only 5!

Bertie they feed themselves, as soon as they get in, after i have gone to bed, they are just starving all the time apparently. I do tell mine when things are of limits, but am not going to say no more toast if they want a snack.

Meglet Thu 06-Feb-14 19:18:15

This is why one of my current house hunting requirements is space for a HUGE fridge freezer.

XP's sister has teenage boys so I had the heads up on teenagers eating habits when 7yo DS was tiny.

mathanxiety Thu 06-Feb-14 20:30:33

Last summer there were five of us here. Me, DS, DDs 2, 3 and 4. DS accounted for half of all the food consumption. I realised this when he went back to university and couldn't understand how the fridge filled up with leftovers within a few days.

When he made himself scrambled eggs (daily) he used 6 eggs and a quarter of a loaf of toast. That was 'first breakfast' on weekdays. Then after that on weekends he had second breakfast, lunch, second lunch, dinner, second dinner, and then rummaging through the fridge at night. He worked in a furniture warehouse with his friends all summer, and the owner paid for their lunches every day.

mathanxiety Thu 06-Feb-14 20:35:17

Bertie -- they are genuinely hungry I think. And they can feed themselves. In the case of my DS, he never snacks on cookies, crisps or crackers or chocolate -- it's meals all the time, and not pot noodles either; protein, carbs, sometimes a fruit or veg. Protein is what he wants.

The DDs otoh will snack incessantly on pure junk if I let them and then turn up their noses at meals, so I curtail that.

Hassled Thu 06-Feb-14 20:35:17

When one of your teenage boys leaves home you'll find yourself unable to reduce your shopping/catering quantities for months and bloody months. You'll keep buying the ridiculous quantities of bread and cereal and then gaze wistfully at it. Then you'll adapt. Then they'll come home for a weekend and there won't be enough bread.

mathanxiety Thu 06-Feb-14 20:38:35

Yes -- that's what happened the first autumn DS was away at university. I couldn't understand the full fridge. It didn't take me as long the second or third years, but I still look at the fist sized portion of meat I can use for two days' dinner for me and the two youngest DDs and gasp at how little we seem to eat. DS would demolish the entire chili I made last night in five minutes and go back looking for more. We are having the leftovers tonight.

IamInvisible Thu 06-Feb-14 20:45:15

My boys look at my dinner and ask "is that all you're having mum?" It's a perfectly normal sized meal, but compared to theirs it's tiny. Then they go back for the snacks, which is usually toast, crumpets, bagels etc.

Tonight DH was cooking dinner because I am ill and DS1 came in and made a protein shake. DH said "dinner will only be 10 minutes!" DS1 said "I can't wait that long!"hmm

They are both like bean poles. I wish I could eat all day long and not put on a pound!

WildThong Thu 06-Feb-14 20:57:03

It's hollow leg syndrome! I just noticed this week that the school trousers bought in August (with growing room) are just a little short already.

The protein vs junky snack thing makes sense.

I think I just have hangups from lack of money, TBH. Protein is a valued and precious resource! It is not for snacks! grin It took me about four years after I moved out of home to allow myself to eat two Bird's Eye "crispy chickens" in one meal confused

DrNick Thu 06-Feb-14 21:14:43

aldi dont do online do they?

Honeysweet Thu 06-Feb-14 21:45:11

Oh yes. Time for the cereal, rice, bread and pasta food. And larger saucepans.

flow4 Thu 06-Feb-14 21:48:09

Sadly not. Not yet!

singaporefling Thu 06-Feb-14 21:57:02

We have 3 DS, youngest 15 still at home, 'flings' himself in desperation on the couch 'starving to death' when he comes in from school. He usually has two poached eggs/3 toasts/beans/yogurt and whatever's lying around. This usually keeps him going till dinner an hour later grin and then all he has to do is 'survive' till his toastd teacake/cereal/more yogurt before bedtime... Older DS's just come home and 'steal' huuuge quantities of whatever's around... Bless

Nicole1976 Thu 06-Feb-14 22:07:52

This is so true, my 13 year old is unable to look at a piece of food without eating it and now weighs more than his 15 year old brother

bigTillyMint Fri 07-Feb-14 07:26:25

DS just inhales food - his plate is finished before the rest of us have barely started. He is 12, but is 5'8" and very broad and does a lot of exercise when it's not raining so much <glares outside>
We have to encourage him to be a bit sensible as he would binge otherwise!

Dr Nick where did you read that Y10 is the main year of growth? DS has grown at least 6" in the last 9mths and is still growing - he will be a giant if he carries on at this rate!

lollylaughs Fri 07-Feb-14 07:53:05

Its Friday today, and so far this week we have gone through.... wait for it.... 1.8kg's of cheese!! I only one teen in the house shock. If there is no cheese in the fridge, there is never any food in the house........ We use a loaf a day and 3l of milk! He is as skinny as they come so no, no idea where it all goes....

wilbur Fri 07-Feb-14 11:50:04

Stayclassy - to be fair, the 12 roasties was a one off as we rarely do a roast dinner and it was the first time we'd had roast beef in over 2 years and we all overate. grin I think it's fine to pig out on occasion. Mostly ds1 is fuelled by pasta, rice & soup, thankfully he's not a big meat eater otherwise I'd never be able to afford to feed him.

Based on my observation of two giants DSs and their friends I would agree that year 10 is often the main year of growth, but actually neither of mine followed that pattern.
DS1 was 6' before he started secondary school. He is now 18 and has grown only another 2" since then. He is past the inhaling food stage but struggles to keep his weight above 10 stone.
DS2 is in year 11 and has done all his growing this last year, now also 6'2". He is more prone to weight gain and is aware that he can't funnel food down as much as he wants. The two of them are a good illustration of how different people the same height can eat the same and yet weigh vastly different.

bigTillyMint Fri 07-Feb-14 13:53:43

Peanut butter is the main-stay for my DC (and DH) - they go through a supersize jar a week! And hot chocolate disappears rapidly.

HeadFullofSteam Fri 07-Feb-14 17:30:04

My ds' are 12 and 14 and literally do nothing but eat. They can have a big tea and will still be starving about an hour later. Whilst they used to be happy with say milk and cookies or toast for supper, what they actually want now is what I consider a full meal!

DS1 has 1, 2 or possibly even 3 mates staying over tonight. I will have to go to the supermarket shortly to spend about £3000 on snacks, drinks and stuff for breakfast. (not complaining really, love it when house is full of lovely teen boys, all of whom are taller than me)

Mandy2003 Fri 07-Feb-14 17:43:18

DS is 14.5 and does not eat much. He's growing but very slowly. GP says he's normal. What sonerous describes for 1 day would last DS for 3 days.

SonorousBip Sat 08-Feb-14 22:08:03

Send him round, Mandy, and I will do a swap!

Ds had an away match this morning. He had a bacon sandwich at home (made by indulgent DH!), lasagna and garlic bread at the away hosts (fancy! It's a cheap burger in a bun after a home match!) came home and had a big plate of ravioli with butter and cream, all before 2pm.

That's like Christmas eating for me!

(Large lamb steak, roasted veg, couscous w/chickpeas and steamed lemon pudding w/custard for supper).

You can see his ribs!

CouthyMow Sat 08-Feb-14 22:35:28

My 5ft3, 11yo is like this. He uses my mixing bowl for his breakfast cereal! confused

CouthyMow Sat 08-Feb-14 22:45:58

What amazes me is that because he is doing far more exercise than a year ago, he's eating twice as much yet losing weight! (He was a bit, erm, portly, before, now he's at beanpole status. If he grows any more, he's going to fall through a drain, he'll be so skinny!)

Even 10yo DS2 has finally discovered his appetite (he always ate like a sparrow until 3 months ago). He's just grown 2 inches, in just 6 weeks, and is now 5ft1...

Thank god DS3 is 7 years younger!!!

WorrySighWorrySigh Sun 09-Feb-14 00:48:03

Claybury - I feel your pain. DS wont each cheese. None of mine will eat stews or casseroles which can be stretched. They need to be able to see what they are eating.

When I read these threads I am always reminded of the 'home economy' threads where posters happily boast of feeding themselves and their 2 children aged 2 and 4 for for three meals using one roast chicken. When I read those I always laugh and think of my family where DH budgets for 1.5 - 2 roast chickens for our family of 5 for Sunday dinner.

CouthyMow Sun 09-Feb-14 02:52:32

grin Leftovers?! What are leftovers?!

I get all snarky about those threads too - of course you can buy less food if you are feeding two toddlers than if you are feeding the equivalent of 4 adults plus a toddler, then add on three times as much again as three of those adult portions are for hungry, growing teens / pretend who are hitting puberty early...

DS2 is just over 10yo, 5ft1, and growing quickly. DS1 is coming up for 12yo, 5ft3, and also growing quickly. DD is almost 16, 5ft8, and still bloody growing (her dad is 6ft5...), and eats cheese like it's air...

(DD came in, was there for two hours, and managed to eat three fajitas overfilled with chicken, peppers, lettuce and salsa, AND half a HUGE block of cheese...)

SecretWitch Sun 09-Feb-14 03:04:55

Scariest statement I've ever heard from ds " Mum three of my friends are coming home with me after school. Think they can stay for dinner?"

The amount of food teenage people can eat is toe curling. My ds is often up at midnight making ready to eat Mac and cheese, as apparently the distance until breakfast at 7am is not to be endured.

bigTillyMint Sun 09-Feb-14 07:17:24

Couthy, your DD is 16 and still growing? There is hope for my DD - she is 14 and hasn't grown at all in a year!

crazykat Sun 09-Feb-14 08:02:00

My ds1 has always been a bottomless pit and he's only just turned 5. I'm now dreading him being a teen.

He's had two sandwiches (four slices without the crust) a big handful of grapes, a yogurt, banana and cheese for lunch at around 1pm and by 3pm he's starving and nicking fruit. Then he'll have as much spaghetti as us for dinner at 5 and by 6 he's hungry again! It's definitely hunger as I always tell him to have a drink first. He's also really skinny just like DH - not that I'm jealous, oh no wink

ILickPicnMix Sun 09-Feb-14 08:11:51

Shonajoy I usually feed all my sons friends too, I multipacks/family sized of everything.
I think the friends parents do the same.

MrsAMerrick Sun 09-Feb-14 08:36:44

Alittle whike ago I madd a mistake and somehow managed to book two supermarket delivery orders for the same day ( different suoermarkets). Didn't realise tilI got texts from each on the day saying "your order will be delivered at 8pm tonight".

I needn't have panicked as our 2 teenage ds ate their way through everything, including the 4 loaves of bread and 24 pints of milk. Made me wonder what we normally do - think we do more "top up" shoping during the week than I realised!

CouthyMow Sun 09-Feb-14 11:42:05

DD didn't grow between 14 and around 15 1/2. She's started shooting up again. If she follows her 'line' on the charts in the yellow book (we have red ones now, but ours were yellow until about 5 years ago), she should end up at 5ft11. So she still has another 3 inches to go!!

Her Dad's family are all VERY tall though, DD's auntie is 6ft.

bigTillyMint Sun 09-Feb-14 13:33:16

Well, if I go back to the red book, she might possibly grow another inch or two. Which she would be very happy with!

KatyMac Sun 09-Feb-14 13:59:46

When do girls stop growing - DD is 16 and 5ft 3; when she was 2 the HV said she would be 5ft 11.5........that's a massive difference

Nicole1976 Sun 09-Feb-14 19:35:52

My 13yr old DS went to mcdonalds today and had a Big Mac , happy meal and milkshake, 3 hours later he had 3 slices of a massive pizza and then an hour after that came downstairs for toast and cereal, his belly seems to be getting bigger every day !

OddBoots Sun 09-Feb-14 20:00:23

KatyMac, most girls stop growing by 16 but it has been noticed that growth is delayed in gymnasts and athletes so they are often shorter at 16 but eventually end up at their full adult height a few years later.

I know your dd isn't exactly in those categories but I imagine it is possible as a dancer her body is still following that pattern.

Abstract from Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

KatyMac Sun 09-Feb-14 20:13:23

Interesting - I'd wondered if it was her asthma medication

CouthyMow Sun 09-Feb-14 23:02:25

When I had DD at 16, after years of intensive Judo training, I was 5ft2. Four years later, when I had. DS1, I was 5ft5, which I still am now. So I would agree with the fact that serious athletes / gymnasts don't always stop growing at 16!

CouthyMow Sun 09-Feb-14 23:06:24

But yes, asthma meds can stunt growth, depending on the meds - D s2 doesn't grow at all for 6 months after each course of prednisolone. He does catch up in the summer though (usually on predict in winter as his asthma is worse then).

He isn't where he 'should' be on his growth charts, but <<touches wood>> as he hasn't needed pred this year (first winter since birth!!), he has been veritably shooting up like a bleedin' weed!

So yes, asthma meds can affect growth - but unlikely with the majority of asthma meds. Mostly montelukaast (sp?) and pred. Most inhalers, even DS2's really string, adult dose ones don't tend to stunt growth.

bigTillyMint Mon 10-Feb-14 07:05:55

Oh, Oddboots and Couthy, that's interesting - DD has just "retired" from gymnastics after 8+ years - perhaps she will grow a bit more!

KatyMac Mon 10-Feb-14 07:52:45

She has had a lot of prednisilone (often 4 weeks plus) & has been on montelucast for years.......

RedLentil Mon 10-Feb-14 08:15:42

I went to a talk a while ago about boys' development, and the speaker said that the average teenaged boy needs about 4,000 calories a day.

ishouldcocoa Mon 10-Feb-14 08:57:00

I rue the day I introduced blueberries into DSs' diet. He munched his way through £3.50-worth in one sitting!

I believe eggs are the way forward in the morning, but with protein at every meal.

Someone upthread said that we should just tell our teenagers to stop eating. The last time I made DS wait for food (post school) as I wasn't going to stop for a sandwich, he was doubled up in pain by the time we drew into the drive. (Journey time 40 mins).

I've just gone back to 'toddler catering' but on a giant scale. Never go anywhere without food and drink for DS...!

Honeysweet Mon 10-Feb-14 09:30:13

I get what you say about blueberries. I had to limit to 2 packs weekly.

DrNick Mon 10-Feb-14 09:31:40

four thousand?

DrNick Mon 10-Feb-14 09:32:19

wrt height
in year ten we got through three ages of school trousers - in about a term
he is now still 15 and 6 foot one.

CouthyMow Mon 10-Feb-14 09:35:44

4000?! So my shopping bill is going to be extortionate by the time DS3 turns 11...he will be 11, DS2 will be 18, and DS1 will be 19...

Urgh! That wasn't well planned, having three DS's in a row!!

CouthyMow Mon 10-Feb-14 09:36:41

And due to DD's SN's, I'll ,ore than likely still have her at home too, she would be 23 when the DS's are those ages...fuuuuuuuuck!

missinglalaland Mon 10-Feb-14 09:43:55

I've got girls...I was one of three girls. This thread astounds me.

I think I'd try filling them up with bread, potatoes and whole milk!

Of course they need to be nourished...but food bills on par with the mortgage would be frightening.

mcgilly Mon 10-Feb-14 10:53:39

Two young boys now. I am seriously planning to get a job at Aldi in preparation.

ggirl Mon 10-Feb-14 17:45:53

Does montekulast restrict growth?
Ds has been on it years and he is short for his age .

OddBoots Mon 10-Feb-14 18:07:04

A quick goggle scholar search suggests that montelukast doesn't impact growth (although beclomethasone does)

CouthyMow Mon 10-Feb-14 19:27:47

Hmm...DS2 is / has been on beclo too, maybe I got the two confused!!

ggirl Mon 10-Feb-14 19:48:24

thanks, ds on beclo as well .
Well he can't do without it so ....

KatyMac Mon 10-Feb-14 20:32:44

Interesting as DD was always on the 91st centile for height up to about 11 & is now just below the 50th centile a difference of about 12.5cms (5 inches) which would make her 5ft 8 (ish)

If you correct for her due date - that puts her on the 25th centile & she is bang on target (she was 3 weeks late)

bigTillyMint Tue 11-Feb-14 06:44:15

ishouldcocoa so glad it's not just my DS!

I found this on the NHS website.

Teenagers need lots of energy and nutrients because they’re still growing. The amount of energy that food and drink contains is measured in both kilojoules (kJ) and kilocalories (kcal) commonly just referred to as calories.

A report from 2011 estimated that the average energy requirements for children aged 13-18 years old a day is:

Age (years) Boys Girls
13 10,100kJ /2414kcal 9,300kJ /2223kcal
14 11,000kJ /2629kcal 9,800kJ /2342kcal
15 11,800kJ /2820kcal 10,000kJ /2390kcal
16 12,400kJ /2964kcal 10,100kJ /2414kcal
17 12,900kJ /3083kcal 10,300kJ /2462kcal
18 13,200kJ /3155kcal 10,300kJ /2462kcal

However, these figures are only a guide. Young people might need more or less energy depending on a number of factors, including how physically active they are.

But frankly, I can't be faffed to work out the calories in everything he eatsconfused

DrNick Tue 11-Feb-14 07:33:30

what with the eating and the transformation from a bright eyed " waker at 5am every bloody morning" the teen years are a revelation

KatyMac Tue 11-Feb-14 17:06:32

Ah now mine gets up earlier than she ever has before........it's exhausting as it usually involves me dropping her at the station

MurielHeslopp Tue 11-Feb-14 17:58:03

Do you know, it's always felt a bit unfair that with 3 DDs the cost of sanitary wear is likely to put us in debt in a few years!

But maybe this is where the financial balance lies.... grin
(saying that 2 of my girls are pretty greedy already so can see them being teenage scoffers!)

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