Our expert says:
Dear Worried Mom
The average weight for a 6-year-old is approx. 20 kg, so your lassie does seem to be overweight. In young children it is important to have them examined by a Paediatrician to determine if they don't have an underlying physical problem such as insulin resistance, esp as you mention that your daughter has tended to be overweight since birth. If she is given a clean bill of health by the dr, then please take her to 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 have to work out an individual diet prescription for her to ensure that she loses weight, but still continues to grow normally. One cannot apply an adult slimming diet to youngsters. It is good that she is so active and she should keep this up because physical activity is one of the most useful aids to weightloss in young children. Encourage her to be as active as possible.
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