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How can I encourage my 7 year old to lose weight without making him self conscious?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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In brief: Diet and Exercise

I would suggest five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, lean protein and whole grains.
Aerobic exercise at least three times per week, and avoiding sugary beverages will help him to maintain a health BMI.

In brief: Diet and Exercise

I would suggest five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, lean protein and whole grains.
Aerobic exercise at least three times per week, and avoiding sugary beverages will help him to maintain a health BMI.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Nutrient dense foods

Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit) nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate.
On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone).

In brief: Nutrient dense foods

Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit) nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate.
On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone).
Dr. Michael Rothman
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics

In brief: Lose weight or not?

You will have to decide whether weight loss is the answer. A 7-year-old has about 5 to 10 years ahead of him before growth spurt starts and his excessive weight could just disappear. Proper nutrition and exercise should be your approach.
At least 1 hour of physical activity (sports), less than 2 hrs of screen time a day and a 1700 calorie diet will help without him realizing it.

In brief: Lose weight or not?

You will have to decide whether weight loss is the answer. A 7-year-old has about 5 to 10 years ahead of him before growth spurt starts and his excessive weight could just disappear. Proper nutrition and exercise should be your approach.
At least 1 hour of physical activity (sports), less than 2 hrs of screen time a day and a 1700 calorie diet will help without him realizing it.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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