How can I tell if my child needs to lose weight?
Asked by on Oct 18, 2010
in Family & Pregnancy
If a 10-year old weighs 72 pounds, should the child lose weight?
To tell if a particular child is overweight, a pediatric medical profession would use a Pediatric Body Mass Calculator, a tool that utilizes the child's date of birth, gender, height, and weight to compare it to a standard. Overweight children should never embark on weighty loss without a doctor's help because all children need adequate nutrients for growth and development. Regardless of weight, we all need a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, fat-free dairy products, lean meat and fish, nuts, and whole grain breads and cereal. Children also need plenty of physical activity – at least one hour a day. Kids like fun activities, such as riding bikes, swimming and playing sports. Likewise, activities, like watching TV and playing computer games, should be limited to no more than one hour a day. Read more family nutrition at ChooseMyPlate.gov