Death by Pizza

United States
June 28, 2009 5:34pm CST
OMG! My father-in-law is not a healthy man. He has diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesteral, and he is overweight. He just recently moved in with us and I have to say its no surprise why he has these conditions. Everyday he makes a trip to the pizza shop on the corner to grab a slice. He comes home regularly with hot dogs, italian cold cuts, hot links, sausage, veal parmesean, potato chips, chinese food and the list goes on....and on....and on.... His children have told him countless times how his eating habits are eating himself right into the grave but he cannot see it. However, he will not eat a cookie because it has 4 grams of sugar. HELLO! Am I missing something here! Maybe this should be called Suicide by Hot Dog!!
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
29 Jun 09
bread has almost more sugar in it than cookies do! my father in law is the same way and actually, so is my mom and so is my hubby's fil (perhaps they dont care anymore?). they cheat all the time even though they have diabetes. with your fil, i guess i wouldnt bother, clearly he doesnt want your help, although you could say, my house, my rules and limit what he eats.
• United States
30 Jun 09
Boy! I wish it were that simple. One could dream though. I guess I could take away his car keys (LOL) or lose them along with his glasses!! Because seriously he sneaks out of the house when no ones looking and comes back an hour later bragging about whatever treat he had while he was out. Its like a comedy act.
@candy2306 (577)
• India
29 Jun 09
He knows way better about his health than others. Then why is he consuming unhealthy food? That's because he is not willing to give up on his favourite food. I guess you should let him eat what he wants. No point forcing anyone!
• United States
30 Jun 09
Pretty much that's what its come to. He's been to seminars on diabetes, met with nutritionists and will practice good behavior for about a week. After that its back to his old habits. We've just about given up entirely, its just so frustrating to witness.
@voldrox (7204)
• India
29 Jun 09
hi your father in law is simply unable to resist these food items, you must find out some way to keep him away from such things, he also needs to do some exercises, the kinda ones people his age do, exercise is a must! i think it is the only way he will be able to fight his disease! all the best to him.
• United States
30 Jun 09
Unfortunately, we try to get him to go out with us. Walk on the beach, walk around the corner, join the health club. Nothing works, he has an excuse for everything. We even had him meet with a personal trainer who told him everything we've been telling him for years and still nothing!
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
29 Jun 09
It is not surprising as most people as they tend to get older would have the habit of eating too much. Try to make less fatty version at home and serve him. It may or may not work.
• United States
30 Jun 09
My husband is a bodybuilder so I cook very healthy at home. Unfortunately, my father-in-law will eat my healthy meal then turn around and fry something within the hour. I purchase only healthy options, we do not bring home junk food. But he'll fill the fridge with all this crap and clean it out in a day. He seriously goes to the market every day or every other day and comes home with a pound of cold cuts and a pound of cheese and finishes it himself (in addition to the rest of the stuff).
• United States
28 Jun 09
WOW, I can understand your frustration. These foods are like comfort foods for him if he's anything like my dad. What helped out a lot for us was giving my dad things to do. He'll now take my baby fishing or to the park to hit golf balls or throw the football to my baby girl and her cousins. Giving him a purpose occupied his mind and I packed healthy lunches and snacks. Find out his favorites and make a healthier version of it with a grandchild. Let the grandchild serve it up with one of those irresistable smiles and maybe he'll like it. Think small steps while establishing healthy bonding opportunities. It worked for us; I pray it'll help you out too.
• United States
30 Jun 09
I regret to say that we've tried enlisting my 5 year old to help and because we've raised her to make healthy options she'll tell him point blank that what he's eating is not healthy. He doesn't want to hear it from anyone. She also asks him to play catch or go outside and bat balls. He will and it lasts like 5 minutes. She gets frustrated because that might as well be 30 seconds in the eyes of a 5 year old.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Good luck trying to change his habits. I have a good friend who's been living on nothing but hamburgers for years...he's over 50 and we're just waiting for the heart attack he's heading for. His wife, my best friend, tried for years to get him to eat a healthier diet but he refuses to cooperate. Says that he's a grown man and he know what he needs. NOT!
• United States
30 Jun 09
Isn't that so sad. Here we try to prolong the lives of our loved ones and its as if they don't care. Its a very selfish act if you really thing about it.
• India
29 Jun 09
ya unfortunately most of the peoples having the habit of eating like that. BUt it will increase their sugar rating. try to avoid that such irrational habits
@Seppy1984 (2148)
• United States
29 Jun 09
It is so sad to see people with this illness and yet see some of them not giving a crap. My neice from my hubby's side is 13 now and she has had diabetes since she was 3. When she was younger her dad did very well with keeping her eating habits leveled. Now that she is a teen she tends to eat what she wants when her dad is working or when she is at my mother-in-laws. One day I was visiting my in-laws and my neice was there. I sat there to watch her eat a bowl of cereal,about 4 cups of watermelon,about a cup of french fri's deep fried, a sandwhich and a bowl of Oddles of Noodles. We told her that she knew better and that she was going to make herself sick, she told us no "I won't". Then not even like an hour later she started eating tons of candy and icecream. Then about 30 minutes later she looked like crap, I said you ate to much crap. She said no I was hungry and that is why I ate it. My mother in-law told her to take her sugar medicine. She did it almost 4 hours later. Then I found out the next day that her father had to take her to the hospital because of it. When I saw her I did not yell but I did get high toned and told her that we cared about her and that is why we have her watch what she eats. But she actually thinks that we are being mean when we are not. I think that some people do it just because they don't care what happens and it is a shame. The only thing you and your hubby could do is sit down with him and tell him that it is starting to frighten you guys with his eating habits and see if that works. Good Luck and Happy Mylotting