Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Heleen Louw | 2009-11-04


Overweight child

Dear Doctor,
My grandchild is 9 years old, she is a little short for her age but is overweight and has a boep (fat tummy). She will not eat fruit and is not fond of vegies. She loves her bread and pasta. Is their a way to help her to get rid of this tummy and loose some weight without doing anyathing drastic. . She loves swimming every day and do sport such as netbal and hockey but these are all seasonal. Can you give me some advice? is ther a remedy or diet supplement that we can try?
Thanx once again we really want to help her because her friends can be very rude.

Expert's Reply



Unfortunately you have not given me your granddaughter's weight or height. This would have helped to see how overweight she is. From your description it does appear that her weight is a source of concern. There is no quick fix for this kind of problem.Tthe main thing is to reduce her starch and fat intake such as bread, pasta and sugar,cold drinks and sweets.She must start eating vegetables [not potatoes] which will help to fill her up.She must exercise regularly.It is important to start soon and take notice of her weight problem as she is already being teased at school.It will be of help to consult a qualified dietician.

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Posted by: ingrif | 2009-11-04

try get her tyroid to be tested she might have tryroid problem ,swimming is good for her to loose weght she is active child also try to intriduce more of the veggies and fruits to her

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