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Healthy Diet For 13 Year Old Boy
What is a healthy weight for a 13 year old boy? He is 5' 8" and currently 156.2lbs. Also, can you please give me a very detailed diet for him.
97%ile: He's in the 97th percentile. That means that 97% of boys the same age are shorter and lighter that he is. A good diet includes all the typical food groups: meats, fish, dairy, vegetables, fruits, complex carbs, avoidance of "junk" food. From his measurements he seems a vey healthy kid. ...Read more
Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more
Not recommended: Usually it is not recommended for teenagers to be on very restrictive diets (like giving up all of one type of food, or only eating one type). The best diet is a balanced one with small portions of healthy foods. Paying attention to eating when you are hungry, and not just "because" will also help. Get some healthy exercise. If you are concerned, see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it healthy for a 13 year old boy to go to the gym every alternate day to lift dumbells 6-8kg n a 10kg (When I'm stressed), will this inhibit growth?
Must work up to it: It's not a great idea just to start at that high of a weight. I'd encourage him to start about half that weight and gradually work up over 1-2 months. You have to take weight lifting slow at this age so as to not fracture any growth plates as growth is rapid and this puts them at greater risk for these type of fractures. It will in NO WAY inhibit growth, but take it slow! ...Read more
What to do if I'm 16 years old boy and only 163 CM long did not have a healthy diet but I used to sleep well will I grow?
Best diet for 13 year old athlete (very active) who lives like a pro? If any is there any supplements he should take? How much sleep do you recommend.
Teen athlete: It scares me a bit to hear you comment a 13 year old is "living like a pro". His body just is not ready for the stressors that pro athletes endure, and this lifestyle at such a young age has a very high rate of burn-out associated with it. If there is a sports medicine doc in your area, it would be worth the investment to consult them for an age appropriate regimen, diet and sleep schedule. ...Read more
Wow! Almost anything!: There's huge range of normal sizes for13-year old boys...On the cusp of puberty for some, late for others. There is a 13-year old in my pediatric practice only 4'7"; another, almost 6 feet! Go to cdc website @ www. Cdc. Gov; type "growth charts" in the search box at the right upper corner of this webpage; click thru the menus until see boys charts geared for age13. Plot your son. He's probably ok. ...Read more
Can or should?: A 3-5 mg dose is usually well tolerated as a sleep aid by kids at this age. Be aware that the dosing needs of each kid is not well established and some may do well on 1 mg and poorly on 5 or vice versa. It does tend to produce grogginess and should never be taken prior to activities like bike riding, swimming or other sports. ...Read more
Teen age weight: The best way to loose weight is with control of diet and exercise. For most teens the fastest way to do this is to cut out sugary beverages from their diet (soda, juice, coffee drinks, gatorade, etc). From one 12oz sugary drink each day in addition to all the regular foods a person will gain almost 20lbs per year! Cut that out and fast weight loss. Healthy weight loss is 1-2lbs/week. ...Read more
Normal blood sugar: Fasting blood sugar normal for a teen is 80-100 and non-fasting 100-130. Things like illness and certain medications can also affect your blood sugar, though, as can acute stress reactions. All of these things need to be taken into account when talking about what normal is - you need to talk about what the situation is as well. ...Read more
Probably not: Most 13 year old boys are still growing, so need more calories than an adult. Someone at complete bed rest might get by on 1500 calories a day, but an active adolescent might need twice that amount daily. I would worry about a teenager who is counting calories and restricting, as this could be a sign of an eating disorder. ...Read more
Hello. I am 16.5 year old boy but actually I am look like 13 year old boy what should I do please help me every one tease in school and every where?
Wow! Almost anything!: There's a huge range of normal sizes for13-year old boys...On the cusp of puberty for some, late for others. There is a 13-year old in my pediatric practice only 4ft7in; another, 6 feet! Go to cdc website @ www. Cdc. Gov; type 'growth charts' in the search box at the right upper corner of this webpage; click thru the menus until see boys charts geared for age13. 50th %tile is "average". ...Read more
Overall fitness: You'll need to have very little body fat from diet and aerobic exercise, and also do some specific training of the abdominal muscles. This is easier to do now than at any other time in your life because of your growth spurt and increasing levels of testosterone. It would be great if dad or some other positive experienced men would be your coaches as you undertake this. ...Read more
Overweight Teen: It's best to interest the youth in activities that he can enjoy such as swimming and team sports. You don't want to make the young man self conscious about his weight. Get him to choose an activity that is fun! If he can choose the activity and have fun, the rest will follow. Finally, good nutrition (avoid the word diet) needs to become a family affair ...Read more
Is he obese or: Overweight? If yes, I would consult with his physician. If he is not overweight - please discourage weight loss just to be skinny. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. Encourage him to do a mix of cardio workouts. ...Read more
Getvhelp: You need the help of a trainer or coach to set up a program for you. ...Read more
Sure, but...: Of course a 13 year old should exercise, and exercise for all of us should contain both "weight" and "cardio". This should not even be considered exercise, but a part of good lifestyle. Now if you are asking about formal, heavy duty weight training, it can be done by age 13 but should be under the supervision of someone used to working with growing teens to avoid overuse which can occur with teens. ...Read more
Dyslexia: Children with dyslexia can benefit from tutoring with a speech LANGUAGE therapist (a speech therapist with additional training in language processing disorders). School resources should be utilized as much as possible, so request a meeting with the school psychologist to request additional testing and to discuss specific school programs for children with learning disorders. ...Read more
Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
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