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03 Mar 2004

9 year old son is obese
This is my last resort. My son is 9 years old and is overweight (Body mass index = 31). We have gone through all the tests – including sugar levels, growth hormones etc. According to a pediatric endocrinologist is there no sigh of any hormone disturbance. His suggestion is a strict diet, e.g. red meat only once a month, no rice or potatoes, etc. This would not be difficult – this is impossible. There is no way that a 9-year-old boy could follow a diet like that. My question is – is there any alternative than to accept his weight (include the result of no self-confidence, almost non-existing self-image, etc).
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Johan
It is vital that you consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will be able to guide you and your son on how to reduce his food intake to achieve weight loss, while still making provision for a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients (calcium, iron, etc) that he needs for growth. As soon as the lad has lost some weight, it would be advisable for him to start participating in physical activity as experts the world over agree that physical activity is one of the most important factors in preventing children from gaining weight and in helping them to lose it. It may be a good idea for him to join Walk for Life because a) they monitor the participant's progress carefully, and b) no one would make him feel uncomfortable about his weight (something that could occur if he start with a sport, etc). So do please consult the dietitian and get the lad to start doing physical activity even if it means you have to join him with the walking.
Holding thumbs that he starts losing weight.
Best regards
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