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13 Aug 2007

Concerned of 3 year old gaining weight
Good Day to all

I am a concerned mother, my daughter now 3 turning 4 soon is gaining weight, too much in my eyes. She has 1 and half weetbix with full cream milk in morning, then she takes a slice of brown bread with a protein, tamato cucumber abd lettuce, a yoghurt and a fruit to creche, they also get something to eat at school and then in the evening she does not eat well, and always want an egg with tomato sauce or she will just eat chiken or fish, she drinks alot of jiuce or cooldrink. She stop swimming during winter and is starting again first week in September. She loves chocs and drywors also. Am i worrying too much?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Irene
I can't really judge if your lassie is overweight or not because you don't mention her present weight in kg and height in metres so that I can compare them with tables that list average weight and height statistics. However if you think your 3-year-old is gaining weight then I would suggest that you have her assessed by a dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will be able to assist you with a diet that will promote weight loss, if this should be necessary, while still ensuring that your child obtains sufficient nutrients from her diet to promote normal growth. Regular daily exercise is also a most important factor in preventing childhood obesity, so encourage her to be as active as possible. The swimming is an excellent exercise to use up energy and help with weight loss. Also take her for walks or buy a skipping rope and encourage her to skip for 20 min a day. In the meanwhile click on 'Child' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' and read all the articles on 'Diets for Toddlers'. Try to cut out the chocs and the "droƫ wors", as these are 2 foods that are very high in fat. The fruit juice and cold drink will also cause weight gain as it has been proven that liquid sugar is more 'fattening' than solid sugar.
Best regards
DietDoc
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