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30 Jun 2005

Overweight son
I have an 11 year old son that is really overweight (69kg) He is also very tall - about 1.7m. He towers over his friends in both length and girth. What fascinates me is that he is EXTREMELY active - he does sport every single afternoon and week-ends are spent on the squash court, riding his bike and other activities. He is not the common couch potato. I am very concerned as he is being teased at school and I need help in trying to find the best solution for him without making it a huge "issue". He eats well and I have noticed that when he is bored he tends to eat more - He has breakfast in the am (Pronutro) and takes a healthy lunch to school - sandwiches, fruit and sometimes a treat. I cook in the evening - normally veg, salad and meat, rice etc. I think we eat like many other average families - where to from here - Diet?
I would appreciate any comments.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Worried Mom
Yes, your son already weighs as much as an 18-year-old and is as tall as a 25-year-old male. Please take him to an Endocrinologist (aks your gp to refer you) to have him checked for hormone imbalances. Such excessive weight and height gain could be indicative of an imbalance in his growth hormones, so do get a professional opinion ASAP. Depending on the diagnosis, you can then take him to 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 work out a diet that will help to control his weight while still providing the nutrients he requires to stay healthy.
Best regards
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