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04 Feb 2004

Child's Weight
Hi doc,
Please could you advise me as to what to do regarding my daughter's weight. she is 6 years old and weighs 31kg. Her paediatrcian said she would take after her dad and be tall as she gets older - she is tall for her age but also is getting fat.
I have done the healthy eating but that's not the problem - she eats continously and is always hungry and the weight is piling on. She is also very active.... she loves swimming and running around but even excercise isnt working.

When she sits, her tummy is just rolls. She has also become very conscious of this (especially having started Grd 1) and I continuously have to boost her self esteem as she realises that she's twice the size of other children her age.
I never put her down.... I'm alsways building her up - so instead of saying "you cant eat that coz you're getting too fat" i say to her "we have to work together and eat healthy so that we can look after our bodies".....

My side of the family are all slim yet my ex husbands side are all very large (not just in height but in size) and they love to eat. Could this be genetic ? Should I put her on a diet ? I've truly tried everything - and it kills me when she comes home in tears due to other children calling her fat !

Please help - anything you suggest would be a God-send.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Sam
Your lassie weighs as much as a 10-year-old, thus she needs some professional assistance to lose this weight while she is still growing. Consult a clinical dietitian to help her to eating normally without picking up weight (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). Some of the weight gain can be genetic, but I wonder if there is not also a psychological component because of the the divorce? If you suspect that she may be eating as a form of 'comfort' or emotional crutch, then please take her to see a Child Psychologist as she needs to learn coping skills which do not depend on food, otherwise her whole life could be ruined.
Holding thumbs for both of you
Best regards
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