One summer away from home, then-15-year-old Tea Baker was eating junk food. He would buy mashed potatoes, chicken mats and a milk cocktail for dinner. At meal time, he ate sweet snacks such as cookies, chips and candy. Then he spent his days playing video games. His addiction to junk food, lack of exercise, the teenager weighed up to 306 pounds.
“I was not moving at all, so I gained a lot of weight,” 17-year-old Taye, a high school senior in Indianapolis, told THAY today. “I knew (fast food) was not good for me, but it was basically the only option. He tasted good to me. I wanted more than that, which is quite natural.”
Before she and her mother, Michelle Stewart, realized that she was obese, they did not know how much it affected her health.
“He was bigger,” Stewart, 50, told TODAY. “He developed bad eating habits as a coping skill, but the problem was that he did not move enough to burn anything.”
Immediately after returning home, Taye became seriously ill.
“It simply came to our notice then. “I had a lot of contractions. The water tasted fun,” he explained.
Stewart made an appointment with his pediatrician, but he was so ill that he “begged” for an earlier visit. After testing Tea’s blood sugar, her pediatrician advised her to go to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Immediately after admission, his health still seemed uncertain.
“He was constantly complaining that his body was hurting, he could not even lie in a hospital bed,” Stewart said. “Once the doctors ran the numbers that they said he had ketoacidosis, he was diabetic.”
Tea had no idea that he had type 2 diabetes, his blood sugar had risen to 694 (according to the US National Library of Medicine, the normal range is 150 or lower). Diabetic ketoacidosis is a complication of diabetes when blood sugar is not well controlled. If left untreated, people can fall into a coma or even die. When Tayè և Stewart found out how sick he was, they were amazed.
“I never expected a teenager to be so sick. “I’m shocked by that,” Steward said. “I was like, ‘What do you mean he needs insulin?’ And my son, he is a logical thinker, he was like that. “I have to admit I’m diabetic.”
Tayè had to take insulin five times a day to control her blood sugar. But pediatric endocrinologist Ze Eina Nabhan told the family that if Taye adhered to healthy eating habits, exercised, could lose weight and be less dependent on insulin.
“Dr. Nabhan said. “Make him train. He has to move for at least an hour a day. ” He kept saying that over and over again. “Look at the carbs. “Calculate carbs for one meal,” Stewart recalled.
So Stewart started tracking down everything Tayè ate and bought a stationary bike so he could work out at home. He had to review how they ate.
“I began to understand how to change how I cook food, what I put on its plate. “He can have what he wants, not in moderation, but in moderation,” he said. “I had to report every Monday on each sugar count and how much he trained.”
Training was really hard for a teenager at first. When he started, he had a hard time holding five sit-ins. Soon he was doing 15, then 25. Now he does “100 in three minutes, it looks like nothing.”
“Tayè has worked hard every day for almost two years,” Stewart said. “Now I will give him a break again.”
After being diagnosed in August 2019, Tayè lost 117 pounds and went from 36 waist to 36. Moreover, he takes only 500 milligrams of metformin instead of five injections of insulin.
“I just wanted to do better for myself, I accepted the fact that I had to be on insulin all my life,” Tayen said. “I wanted to lose weight.”
Although Taye likes her looks and feel, she has learned a lot about herself.
“I just wanted to be a better option every day,” he said. “I feel more energetic, more excited.”
She shares tips for others, hoping to develop healthy habits.
1. Find your motivation.
When Tayè realized that she could take less insulin if she lost weight, exercised, and ate a healthy diet, she felt loyal to the behavior.
“I thought it was my goal to take the least amount of (insulin) I could get while I was healthy,” he said. “It encouraged me.”
2. Exercise Practice exercise.
Riding a stationary bike for 60 minutes may seem like a hassle, but Tea doesn’t mind watching his favorite shows or working with friends.
“I just watch cartoons or watch TV or YouTube,” he said. “I’m going back to basketball for a while, which I took a break from fourth grade.”
3. Find support.
Tea’s mother kept her busy with her workout schedule and kept her food intake. Having such support helped her develop healthy habits to lose weight.
“He’s doing a job,” Stewart said. “It’s a big responsibility for the parent, but I prefer to take that responsibility if it helps his or her health, both mentally and physically.”