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    My daughter and I are obese. She is only 13. How can we lose the weight?

    I'm 95 kilos and a size 16 and she is 13 yrs old and size 16 too. Please help.
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    Shirley is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 16 years clinical experience in large public hospital and in private practice. She has extensive specialised experience in … View Profile

    Without knowing the specifics, for your daughter - aim for healthful eating and increasing physical activity to maintain her weight. As she grows, she will 'grow into' her weight. It is not advisable for children to 'lose' any weight - it is different from adult. For you, eating healthy, be mindful of how you eat and increasing exercise will assist weight loss. Seek professional help is important for long term success. 

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    Tracey Higgins

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    Tracey is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist with over 13 years experience. Tracey works with you to maximise your health and sport goals. … View Profile

    Hi, As Shirley has said it is very difficult to answer without knowing specifics.  However, strategies that take the focus off weight can be useful.  For example delving deeper into the 'Why' not what your eating (with the help of a good health professional) or something a little bit more simple such as counting the amount of fibre you are eating from fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts/seeds and wholegrains. Adults should aim for 25-30 grams, a 13yo 20-25grams each day.  Fibre resources from Baker IDI or Better Health Channel can help you with this as can a Dietitian.  Well worth a visit to a good Dietitian to help set up some life long healthy eating strategies. 

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