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Posted by: madelein | 2008/01/10

food portion size for 9 year old girl

my daughter weighs 48 kg and is 1.56m tall. wahat is the correct portion sizes and wieght for her. she does not look overweight but we have a strong diabetes family history. when should i have her tested.

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Dear Madelein
Your lassie weighs much more than recommended for a 9-year-old girl. At 9 years she should only weigh about 26 kg, so although she is also much taller than most girls at 9 years (average height about 1.30 cm), her BMI = 19,8 which indicates overweight. I think it would be a good idea to have her checked by a medical dr esp because of the history of diabetes in your family. Rather safe, than sorry. If she should show signs of insulin resistance 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). In the meanwhile click on 'Child' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' and read the articles on 'Schoolchildren'.
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Posted by: Y | 2008/01/11

Read the following book (available in english and afrikaans):

Sustained energy for kids
Gabi Steenkamp & Tanzia Merlin & Jeske Wellmann
ISBN 0624043231

Volgehoue energie vir kinders
Gabi Steenkamp & Tanzia Merlin & Jeske Wellmann
ISBN 0624043606

It gives portions and recipes for kids based on low GI , low GL eating - which is perfect for kids at risk for insulin resistance and diabetes.

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