My daughter is 8 years old and 115 pounds she is very active swimming and playing outside (all year-we live in Hawaii). We have restricted her diet to balanced meals this past year but she continues to maintain the present weight of 115. Her stomach protrudes out about 8 inches. (other kids comment on it)
What is the best way to aid her in weight management and reduce her stomach size?
Your daughter is tall for her age too. It is recommended to increase children's physical activities to lose weight, and not lower calorie intake due to the need of calories for growth. It is great that your daughter does swimming, plays outdoors, plus she needs to run, walk, and dance. Have her do sit-ups to strengthen the stomach muscles. Limit time in front of the TV 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. I suggest you do limit high sugar drinks/snacks and replace with low fat milk/low fat yogurt or fruit/popcorn/low fat cheese. High sugar drink and snacks do not give the child nutrients they need.
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