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Posted by: Carol | 2010-11-23

Weight of 5½  year old son

My son who is 5½  weighs 25kg and is 112cm tall. He has always been a " stocky"  not fat boy but do you think I should be a bit concerned about his weight. I was reading on your website that 6 year old boys should weigh about 20kg.

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Dear Carol
The average weight for 6-year-old boys is 20 kg and the average height is 1.12 m, so your lad who is 5,5 years old does seem to have a weight problem. After the age of 5 years one can also use the BMI to assess if a child is overweight or not. The cut-off point for overweight in boys of 6 years is a BMI = 17,55 and for obesity it is 19,78. I would, therefore, surmise that your son is overweight. To clarify his situation and also assist him with an appropriate diet for a growing boy, I would urge you to 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).
In addition daily aerobic exercise like jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming or participation in a very active sport should be used to ensure that your lad is as active as possible. Experts agree that increased physical activity is important to help children to lose weight.
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010-11-23

Dear Carol
The average weight for 6-year-old boys is 20 kg and the average height is 1.12 m, so your lad who is 5,5 years old does seem to have a weight problem. After the age of 5 years one can also use the BMI to assess if a child is overweight or not. The cut-off point for overweight in boys of 6 years is a BMI = 17,55 and for obesity it is 19,78. I would, therefore, surmise that your son is overweight. To clarify his situation and also assist him with an appropriate diet for a growing boy, I would urge you to 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).
In addition daily aerobic exercise like jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming or participation in a very active sport should be used to ensure that your lad is as active as possible. Experts agree that increased physical activity is important to help children to lose weight.
Best regards
DietDoc

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