Our expert says:
Your 6-year-old lassie already weighs as much as a 10-year-old child, so there is indeed cause for concern. I would recommend that you have her evaluated by a medical doctor so that any tests that may be required can be arranged for her (thyroid, insulin, etc). Secondly it is vital to consult a registered 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). The dietitian will assist you with a diet that will help your daughter to lose weight, but still promotes normal growth and development. Experts agree that physical activity is one of the most important factors in helping youngsters to lose weight, so please assist you daughter to become more active. She can go for walks, swim, skip, or cycle to ensure that she does at least 30 min or more of aerobic exercise a day. As she loses weight she can exercise more actively and for longer periods.
But please do have the lassie assessed by a doctor and take her to a dietitian ASAP
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