Our expert says:
Your lassie is indeed overweight with a BMI = 33.7. For her height she should weigh approx. 49 kg to be within the normal range. Because she has such a large amount of weight to lose at a very young age (34 kg), I urge you 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). The dietitian will have to assess her weight and growth and then provide her with an individual diet prescription which may be based on a low-fat, low-glycaemic index (GI) diet which will not only help her lose weight, but will also provide her with all the nutrients she needs for normal growth. The dietitian will also have to check the portions she eats and make suggestions as to how she can reduce her energy intake. The best and cheapest forms of home exercise are: skipping or brisk walking for at least 30 min or more a day. Let het start slowly and increase how much exercise she does as she gets fitter and loses weight.
For her sake, please take your daughter to see the dietitian.
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