Advanced search

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!

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!)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .

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

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

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.

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!

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!!

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.

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

four thousand?

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

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

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...!

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.

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.......

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!

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.

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!

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

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

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

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 !

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now