Too Hard Basket: My 11-year-old son won’t do any exercise, how do I motivate him? – Life Matters

Your son has been told by the GP, his grandmothers and two peers that he is a bit overweight.

He doesn’t like moving much and becomes stressed and resentful when you suggest he get active. He’s tried every sport, including Scouts, and not much interests him.

You also try to limit screen time and avoid junk food if possible.

It has become a source of conflict between child and dad. You are active but his mum is sedentary due to fibromyalgia, so doesn’t encourage him much, and says his dad is ‘being controlling’.

What can you do?


Mrs Woog, writer and co-creator of the Hot Flush podcast

Kim Berry, co-creator of the Hot Flush podcast

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