Our expert says:
Dear Concerned Mom
If you daughter is steadily gaining weight at the rate of 1 kg per month and is already overweight then it is essential that you have her examined by a physician to see if there is an underlying physiological condition (e.g. diabetes, thyroid hormone or other hormonal problems) that is driving this weight gain. If she is given a clean bill of health then you may have to have her assessed by a clinical psychologist because some children turn to food when they are anxious or depressed. If she does have a metabolic problem such as insulin imbalances 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), who will work out a low-fat, low-glycaemic index diet for your child that will promote weight loss, improve her insulin and blood glucose levels and help her to lose weight. Also keep in mind that physical exercise is one of the most important factors in helping children to lose weight. Encourage her to be as active as possible and if necessary let her join a gym or Walk for Life.
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