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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: PJ | 2003/12/12

Q.

Overweight

Hi, my son is 9 yrs old. In the past 2 years he has grown quite a lot both in height and weight. My GP says its a growth spurt, but Im not convinced. We go to gym at least 3 times a week. He is actively involved in school sport, but Im worried that he is going to continue to put on excessive weight. He has a healthy appetite and is constantly hungry. Im very woried and have de-wormed him to try and illiminate this as a possible cause. Should this be a concern for me as I don't want him to develop into a fat adult.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is more important to be concerned about your child's diet than about his weight. I do not imply that food intake should be limited in any way, but that the food offered should always be healthy and balanced. An active boy with a healthy diet will maintain his weight at the correct level without any interference required. It will also translate into a healthy adult.

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