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Posted by: Anon | 2010-02-11

5 year old son' s weight

My son is five years old.
He weighs 26kg and is 124 cm tall.
Is this correct or does he need to lose some weight? Someone told me that the average weight weight for a five year old is 19kg?

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Dear 5-year-old's Weight
The average weight for a 5-year-old boy is about 16 kg and the average height is about 104 cm, so your lad certainly weighs much more and is much taller than the average boy of his age. His BMI = 16,9 which is still below the value of 17.42 which is used to classify overweight in children. It may be a good idea to have him assessed by a Paediatrician just to see if his growth is not excessive. The Pediatrician will also advise you if he needs to lose weight or not. If this should be the case, then it is important to consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), because the dietitian will have to work out a diet for the lad that helps him to lose weight, but still provides all the nutrients like calcium that he needs for healthy, normal growth.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010-02-11

Dear 5-year-old's Weight
The average weight for a 5-year-old boy is about 16 kg and the average height is about 104 cm, so your lad certainly weighs much more and is much taller than the average boy of his age. His BMI = 16,9 which is still below the value of 17.42 which is used to classify overweight in children. It may be a good idea to have him assessed by a Paediatrician just to see if his growth is not excessive. The Pediatrician will also advise you if he needs to lose weight or not. If this should be the case, then it is important to consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), because the dietitian will have to work out a diet for the lad that helps him to lose weight, but still provides all the nutrients like calcium that he needs for healthy, normal growth.
Best regards
DietDoc

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