Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Aika | 2008/10/13


Obese Very Active 8 year old

My 8 year old daughter is 130cm tall and weighs 37kg. She is a very active child who takes part in swimming, ballet and rhythmic gymnastics. We follow a healthy diet, low gi diet and treats are restricted to a minimum. It also looks like she is developing breasts. I took her to our Paediatrician, who drew blood etc, but I have to date had no response. I am worried about her, as she sometimes refuses to eat, because the children at school tease her about her weight. The most upsetting thing for her is, that these kids drink gas cooldrink and live on sweets, but are thin and she, who is not allowed to have these things, is fat! Should I take her for a second opinion, or just leave it and hope that she grows out of it?

Expert's Reply



Your daughter is slightly taller than average, but her present weight is above the top normal percentile line called the 97th percentile. She is in a group of children who are in the top 3% for weight for girls of this age. She certainly must be regarded as being significantly overweight.As she is active and she follows a very good and sensible diet she should be investigated for possible endocrine conditions which may be causing her problem. It would be best for her to see a paediatric endocrinologist. There are experts in all the main centres in SA, usually at the major teaching hospital.

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