Our expert says:
The average weight and height of 11-year-old girls is estimated to be 46 kg and 157 cm. If we calculate your daughter's BMI = 21.43, which is above the cutoff for overweight in 11-year-old girls. It would be advisable 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), so that the dietitian can calculate a balanced slimming diet for your daughter to ensure that she can lose some weight, but still obtains all the nutrients she needs to grow normally. Physical activity is also important for weightloss in children, so encourage her to take part in sport or to do some exercise for at least 30 min a day (e.g. skipping or swimming or cycling).
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