Our expert says:
Dear Desperate Mum
Your lad is indeed more than double the average weight of 6-year-old children (20 kg). I don't know if you had him checked by an Endocrinologist (a doctor who specialises in hormone disturbances)? If not, it may be an idea to take him to such a specialist because it is possible that his obesity is being caused by other glandular imbalances (not just the thyroid). If it is too expensive for you to take your son to a private Endocrinologist then there are the Public Hospitals. You may have to wait in long queues, but it is an option because your son desperately needs treatment for his extreme overweight and the fact that you suspect that he may have brain problems also makes it imperative that you get a diagnosis rapidly. Certain brain tumours can disrupt the appetite and cause overeating. In the meanwhile try to encourage him to eat a bit less of the standard foods you can afford.
The use of appetite suppressants in young children is dangerous and if his appetite is being caused by an underlying disease, then he should rather get the correct treatment.
Holding thumbs for both of you
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