Our expert says:
Many factors could be playing a role in the case of your daughter's overweight. On the one hand she could be consuming more energy than she needs despite eating 3 meals a day. Then the 10 years of taking a female hormone medication could have caused her weight gain. On the other hand genetics (heavy legs often run in families) or hormone imbalances (thyroid, insulin or polycystic ovarian syndrome) could be involved. I think she should perhaps have a consultation with gynaecologist and/or a physician to see if she does not suffer from an endocrine imbalance. If she does and needs a low-GI diet then please take her to 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 get her started on a low-fat, low-GI diet.
The fact that she does exercise 5-6 times a week is excellent and should be continued.
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