Our expert says:
I am pleased for your sake that you are losing weight and cm - well done! It is difficult to judge if your daughter is overweight or not, or if she is just going through the typical growth spurt that young girls experience round the age of 12 years. The fact that her thighs and buttocks are getting bigger may be due to an inherited tendency, which is now developing due to puberty. Do other women in the family tend to have large thighs and buttocks? The so-called female fat depots are the breasts, hips, thighs and buttocks. Is she overweight in general or only in these 2 areas? I would suggest that you have your daughter's weight and food intake assessed by 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). It is vital that a dietitian helps her with an age-appropriate diet if she is overweight, because she may require a slimming diet, but as a healthy and very active teenager, she also needs plenty of healthy foods to ensure that she continues to grow and develop normally. You can certainly use omega-3 supplements (Salmon oil capsules) for the entire family as most people on a western diet are deficient in omega-3 and taking such supplements is highly beneficial to health.
Please have your lassie assessed by a dietitian as soon as possible.
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