Our expert says:
To lose weight your son needs to basically change his lifestyle. He can reduce his energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'DietnFood' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increase his energy output by doing regular exercise for at least 30 min a day if not more(running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). Because your son is 15 years old and has therefore not yet finished growing, I would like to recommend that you 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 an individual diet prescription for your son that promotes weightloss, but still provides him with all the nutrients he needs to grow normally. The importance of daily physical exercise cannot be emphasised enough when trying to help youngsters lose weight. Encourage your son to become as active as possible, even if this means joining him for exercise sessions.
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