I'm a 12 year old girl, and I weigh 45kg. Am I overweight? Please help me!


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Tim Cook answered

Unfortunately, you don't say how tall you are, so it is hard to tell if you can be medically classified as overweight.

The average weight for a 12 year old girl in the USA is 93 pounds (42.2kg), and the average height is 59 inches (149.9cm). 

If you are the average height for a 12 year old girl, this means you are well within the healthy weight range, even if you are slightly above the average weight. A lot of people and a lot of weights go to make an average!

What If You Are Below the Average Height?

If you are substantially shorter than the average height, then it may be you are a little overweight. If so, there is no need to worry. If you are comfortable with your weight and appearance, that is fine. 

Of course, if you did want to lose a little weight, there are plenty of safe and healthy ways to go about this, without the need for crazy fad diets.

For example, just an extra hour or 30 minutes walking or cycling each day makes a great difference, especially if you cut back on chips and candy bars at the same time, enjoying maybe
one each a week instead of one or two a day.

Eventually, having lost some excess weight,
you may feel able to take up more vigorous activities, such as soccer, athletics or skating. Just don't try to do too much too soon. Remember, safe weight loss can be as much
about your mind as your body.

Here, a dietitian shares some tips on safe weight loss and nutrition:


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