Our expert says:
If your 9-year-old son already weighs 67 kg, which more than double the normal weight of boys of his age, then it is essential that you take him to a registered 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 evaluate his diet and provide him with a slimming diet that will help him to lose weight, but will still provide all the essential nutrients he needs to grow and develop normally. The dietitian will also advise if he needs additional tests (e.g. glucose and insulin tests to exclude diabetes). International experts agree that physical activity is essential when children need to lose weight. You can arrange for him to participate in sport and ensure that he does at least 30 minutes of some form of aerobic exercise every day (e.g. walking, cycling, swimming, rowing). Encourage him to be as active as possible and to increase how much exercise he does as he loses weight and becomes more mobile.
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