Our expert says:
I agree that your lassie is indeed overweight because the average weight for a 10-year-old is 28 kg. As a first step I would recommend that you have her examined by a medical doctor to determine if she has any underlying condition that is contributing to her overweight (e.g. hormone problems such as insulin resistance or hypothyroidism). If she is given a clean bill of health then it is advisable to 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). The dietitian will have to work out a diet for her that helps her to loose weight but still provides all the nutrients she needs for healthy growth. Finally you need to encourage her to become as physically active as possible. Playing sport, swimming, cycling, going for walks, skipping - anything to get her to be active every day. Research indicates that exercise is one of the most important factors in helping children to lose weight.
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