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Fat Dad, Fat Kid: One Father and Son's Journey to Take Power Away from the "F-Word"

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Mealtimes were the only times that entire family was usually around, and we didn’t stop at one helping. I am concerned because if it’s so hard for me to keep the weight off now, how the heck am I going to do it after kids?

My Dad has been gone for about 5 years and though I wouldn’t trade my relationship with my mother for anything in the world, I also wonder if I would be a different size, shape, or health level if my dad had been around to get me excited about running in the Bolder Boulder. In spite of two incomes we lived on a shoestring budget, so we had a huge garden that supplied much of our produce for the year via freezing.I really don’t want to be the cause of a nationwide vomiting spree, so it’s time for a drastic lifestyle change. I now have 2 little girls, and I agonize every time I feed them something a little trashy…one is tall and slender, and I want her to stay that way without worrying about it. For the cooks out there, when did you first learn to appreciate preparing nutrition meals for yourself or your family? As Stefano says, you can have all the tools, but until someone shows you how to use them properly, you'll never make the most of them.

few carrots, sweet potatoes, a few veal bones — whatever looked best at the market that day — into a pot, and two hours later, it was the most delicious thing I’d ever tasted. I started turning a critcal eye to myself after my mom lost 200 lbs (she’s gain back most it in the last 10 years). I have always been the chubby kid and I have a terrible body image, but rejecting all the dieting trends as I hit my late 20’s is helping to rebuild my relationship with real food in normal portions. We simply loved food and most of my happy memories of family ritual and social occasions were centered on an array of great tasting, homemade foods.Finding a balance of saying too much or saying the wrong thing or saying nothing at all to them is difficult, but I;m focusing on being supportive and just LOVING them in the meantime. More important, food is no longer a barrier that keeps us apart, but a bridge that keeps us connected. With an almost ten-year-old who still has the chub of a baby, combined with the watchful eyes and powerful brain of a much older kiddo, I’m careful about what I eat, what I say about what I eat, and how often I exercise. And in spite of growing up in such an unhealthy eating environment (or perhaps because of it), as an adult I found a passion and a career as a nutrition consultant.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition. Uncertain of how to reintroduce the foods I loved all my life, but had given up throughout weight loss, I began creating my own recipes. Instead of going out for dinner, we would go to each other’s houses, cook together, drink cocktails, and laugh. In my early years I grew up eating mostly healthy food–brown rice, vegetables, fish, etc,punctuated by the occasional ice cream sundae– but then later on when my younger brother refused to eat anything, they switched to more “kid-friendly” fare–eggo waffles, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, velveeta and chips, etc.Photograph: ableimages/Alamy View image in fullscreen Cake, ice-cream, chocolate and fizzy drinks have kept me awake, but I’m getting bigger and bigger. Additionally to Fat Dads Kitchen, we'll also be operating as Fat Dads Community Kitchen providing a much needed lifeline in the fight against food poverty within Bristol.

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