Our expert says:
Your lassie is indeed very overweight because children of 14 years should weigh 46.5 kg, not ones of 8 years. I would recommend that you consult a clinical 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), to help you plan a low-fat diet for your daughter that will help her to lose weight while still providing all the nutrients she needs for normal growth. I also think that you and the other parents who are paying for your children to stay after school should make a concerted effort to get the menu changed to a healthier one. This is something the dietitian can also help you with. Finally it is important to help your child to get as active as possible. Take her for walks, enrol her in a swimming class - anything to get her active as experts agree that daily physical activity is one of the best ways of helping obese children to lose weight.
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