Obese kids should not diet, says NHMRC

Obese children should avoid trying to shed kilos — rather they should be advised to maintain and “grow into” their weight, experts say.

New draft primary care guidelines on obesity, released by the NHMRC, recommend that weight-loss strategies be limited to post-pubertal obese adolescents.

Dr Matt Sabin, an endocrinologist who helped develop the guidelines, said weight loss could lead to adverse effects in children, such as delayed puberty.

“That can