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Posted by: Heleen Louw | 2009/11/04

Child overweight

Hello Diet Doc
My grandchild is 9 years old, she is a little short for her age but is overweight and has a boep (fat tummy). She will not eat fruit and is not fond of vegies. She loves her bread and pasta. Is their a way to help her to get rid of this tummy and loose some weight without doing anyathing drastic. . She loves swimming every day and do sport such as netbal and hockey but these are all seasonal. Can you give me some advice? is ther a remedy or diet supplement that we can try?
Thanx once again we really want to help her because her friends can be very rude.
Regards

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Dear Heleen
The first step in addressing overweight in young children is to have them assessed by a medical dr to determine if there is an underlying physiological problem that is causing her overweight (e.g. diabetes or insulin resistance, thyroid dysfunction,etc). If she is given a clean bill of health then you will need 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 you need a specific diet prescription for your grandchild that will help her to lose weight, but still promote normal, healthy growth. Do not put the child on any slimming pills or products, including herbal ones as this can cause damage in a growing child. Encourage her to be as active as possible even if it means taking her for walks or cycling or swimming every day for at least 30 or more minutes. Skipping is also an inexpensive exercise that is excellent for youngsters, but she will need encouragement and supervision to make sure that she does skip every day.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2009/11/04

Dear Heleen
The first step in addressing overweight in young children is to have them assessed by a medical dr to determine if there is an underlying physiological problem that is causing her overweight (e.g. diabetes or insulin resistance, thyroid dysfunction,etc). If she is given a clean bill of health then you will need 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 you need a specific diet prescription for your grandchild that will help her to lose weight, but still promote normal, healthy growth. Do not put the child on any slimming pills or products, including herbal ones as this can cause damage in a growing child. Encourage her to be as active as possible even if it means taking her for walks or cycling or swimming every day for at least 30 or more minutes. Skipping is also an inexpensive exercise that is excellent for youngsters, but she will need encouragement and supervision to make sure that she does skip every day.
Best regards
DietDoc

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