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Overweight Girls

My daughter is 12 years old and she is overweight, can you please give me tips to reduce her weight.
(April 17, 2008)

Information on Overweight Girls

Girls are overweight if they have excess adiposity and excess weight which is above their ideal body weight. Over weight girls are at equal risk as of overweight adults for different disease conditions like heart diseases, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and respiratory diseases. Also they have lot of peer pressure and teasing which affects their psychology and can cause low self esteem, low self confidence, low socializing and also depression. It is been proved in a research that overweight girls tend to gain early puberty, menstruate early and also have the tendency to be overweight women. In one study it showed that girls who were overweight before their first menstrual period were eight times more likely to grow as an overweight woman.

To avoid any such incidences and diseases it is important to start an early intervention in childhood itself. Modern lifestyle and dietary changes which involves high intake of energy dense foods and low physical activity have lead to excess deposition of weight among children. Elder girls should be educated in about basic nutrition and advantages of eating a healthy balanced diet. Sedentary activities like watching television, playing computer games should be discourages and more physical activities like jogging, cycling and running should be encouraged in overweight girls.
Submitted by S M on April 17, 2008 at 10:55


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