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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: | 2020/09/14

Q.

Overweight

Hi Doctor my son is 5 years old and is constantly asking for bread. since the lockdown, it has been hard to keep him on a healthy diet but he refuses to eat anything else but bread. this has caused a lot of weight gain and he is at 30kg at the moment. what kind of bread can we buy that will cause less weight gain? please your advice will be appreciated!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2020/09/14

Thank you for your question. This is quite a problem. The average weight for a boy of 5 years is 18.5 kg. So your son's weight of 30 kg is of concern as it is well above the very top line of the children's growth chart for boys of 5 years. I am sure that you have been reading a lot lately about the dangers of children and adults being overweight which puts them at risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The best advice I can give you is to take your son to see a dietician for advice about a suitable diet and careful follow up of his weight problem. In the meantime only give him a low GI bread and even with this low GI bread try to limit the amount as much as possible. Do not put jam on his bread or anything with lots of sugar Also make sure that your son gets of exercise and that he drinks plenty of water every day.

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