Our expert says:
I would firstly recommend that you have your son examined by a medical dr to determine if his rapid gain in weight is not due to an underlying problem (e.g. hormonal disturbances or depression). If he is given a clean bill of health then I urge you to take him to a 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). It is important that the dietitian works out a slimming diet for your child that helps weight loss, but still contains all the nutrients he needs for normal growth (e.g. calcium, iron, etc). Another factor that is particularly important when young children have to lose weight, is exercise. Encourage your son to be as active as possible, by playing sport, swimming, cycling, going for walks or skipping. You may have to join him for walks, etc, to give him the support he needs, but it is worth it if he can lose weight.
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