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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: HARVEY | 2004/01/22

Q.

Toddlers weight

My daughter is 21/2 years old and she weighs 16.8kg , she is 93cm tall - is she overweight. Her birthweight was 3.4kg. This is now a concern as people are beginning to call her names and this affects her. Her diet is not one that includes sweets and junk food.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is heavy for a child of her age, but the most important thing is to ensure a healthy diet without aiming for a specific weight. Sweets, chips, cookies and sweetened drinks, especially tea or cooldrink are often the culprits. The most important thing is that your child eats healthy (fruit and vegetables), is physically active and develops a good self image irrespective of other people's opinions. If the weight continues to increase or she is ill in any other way it will require evaluation by your paediatrician.

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