Posted by: toffie | 2008/09/15

Healthy diet for 12 year old boy

My 12year old boy wants to loose wait. He is 1,68m and weighs 65kg. Could you suggest a daily eat plan.

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Dear Toffi
Your son's present BMI = 23,0 which is in the overweight category. It would be good if he could reduce his weight down to 59 kg to get back into the normal range. It is usually important that children suffering from overweight should be treated by a dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will have to work out a slimming diet for your son that helps with weightloss, but still provides him with all the nutrients he needs for healthy growth. In the meanwhile make sure that he is doing as much exercise as possible - playing sport, swimming, cycling, skipping - anything to get him active, because nutrition experts around the world agree that physical activity is one of the most important factors in weightloss in children and teenagers.
Best regards

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