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Overweight 5 year old
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Overweight 5 year old

My 5 year old daughter weighs 63 pounds and is 46 inches tall. How many calories should she have each day? Does she need to lose weight at this age?
Is your child male or female?
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Female
What is your child's age?
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5
What is your child's height?
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46 inches
What is your child's weight (kgs or lbs)
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63
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From your measurements, her height is on the 95th percentile and her weight is above the 95th percentile. She is tall for her age which maybe genetic, however, she is overweight. She needs 1000 calories a day to grow because she is a child. It is recommend increasing children's physical activities (play, dance, sports) to lose weight, and not lower calorie intake due to the need of calories for growth. Suggest dancing which is fun and will help to maintain/lose weight. Limit time in front of the TV/DVD or non-active-video games. There have been studies showing the longer the length of time a child sit in front of the TV, the greater the weight gain. She is 5 years old and her brain is developed so she can have low fat dairy products. Suggest limiting high sugar drinks/snacks and try replacing with low fat milk/yogurt or fruit/popcorn. Additional suggestions: cook only low fat meats (chicken, fish, loin of pork) or non-meat sources (soy products, nuts), low fat vegetarian combinations (rice & beans, pasta & beans, low fat cheese & pasta), fat free or low fat dairy products (skim milk, 1% milk, low fat cheese, low fat yogurts, low fat soy milk/yogurt), use plant oils, non trans-fat margarines, and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Eat daily high fiber breads and cereals (oatmeal) and limit ‘junk’ foods. Make exercises fun for her and do not punish so she stays with it. Have her help you cook simple healthy foods so she learns how to eat right. Thank you for your question
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