Our expert says:
If your 8-year-old child eats all the time it is vitally important that you have her examined by a medical specialist such as an Endocrinologist (dr who specialises in hormone problems) so that the dr can determine if your daughter has an underlying physical problem. If she does not and is given a clean bill of health, then you need to 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), so that the dietitian can help you with a slimming diet that promotes weightloss for your daughter, but does not stunt her normal growth. The use of as much physical exercise as possible is regarded as one of the most important factors in helping youngsters to lose weight. Encourage your daughter to be as active as possible - to play sport at school, to swim, cycle, skip and jog. Join her if necessary to encourage her to do plenty of exercise and to set a good example.
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