Our expert says:
I have checked your daughter's BMI of 22 on my table for children and teenagers and for an 11-year-old girl, a BMI of 22 is classified as overweight, but not obese. Because your lassies is overweight and seems to want to do something about her situation, I would seriously suggest that you make an appointment to take her to a 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 assess her weight and also what she is currently eating and help you with an appropriate diet for your daughter. You are using the correct approach except that it is important how much she eats. This is something the dietitian will explain to her, namely that it is important for girls her age to eat healthy food in the correct quantities. The dietitian will have to work out a balanced diet for your daughter that still permits normal growth, but promotes weightloss. Keep up the good work with the exercise because most experts agree that increasing physical activity is one of the best ways of helping young people lose weight.
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