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How to make healthy lifestyle modifications in an 11-year-old girl with obesity?


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Published At June 9, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My niece is 11 years old and is obese. She has an unhealthy lifestyle. How to prevent her from getting fat and change her lifestyle?

Kindly help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

Based on the information you provided, it seems that your niece's weight is obese, for her age and height. Her lack of energy and tendency to get tired easily may also be a sign of poor physical fitness. Obesity in childhood can lead to a range of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint problems, and increased risk of heart disease later in life. Therefore, it is essential to address this issue as early as possible. It is possible that your niece's weight is influenced by her genetic makeup, as you mentioned that her father is also overweight. However, her weight can also be a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as a diet high in processed foods, sugary drinks, and a lack of physical activity. To prevent obesity, it is essential to promote a healthy lifestyle. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below.

  1. Encourage your niece to engage in physical activities regularly. Encourage her to play outdoor games, go for walks, swim, dance, or do any other activity that she enjoys.
  2. Limit the amount of time she spends watching TV, playing video games, or using electronic devices.
  3. Focus on providing a healthy and balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Limit sugary and processed foods.
  4. Involve her in grocery shopping and meal preparation to make her more aware of healthy food choices.
  5. Ensure that she gets enough sleep as studies have shown that inadequate sleep can contribute to weight gain.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham


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