If your child is in primary school, he is regularly checked by a school doctor who works for the Youth Health Care. They keep track of how he grows in length, but also in weight. If your child is overweight, the Youth Health Care will inform you. An overweight child is more likely to become ill later on and it is therefore important to do something about it in time.
Many parents regularly measure and weigh their children themselves, but how do you know if your child is overweight? You can find out whether your child has a healthy weight with a simple test: the Body Mass Index (BMI). This test is done by the school doctor and you can also do it yourself at home via the website www.voedingscentrum.nl/nl/bmi-meter
It is not recommended to let your child loose weight without help. Children need all the nutrients to grow well. Therefore, ask your GP (doctor), youth nurse or school doctor for advice. They may refer your child to the right healthcare provider for help, such as a pediatric dietitian or pediatrician. If you have any doubts or questions about the weight of your child, you can always contact your GP or youth nurse/school doctor.
It is not always immediately clear why a child has become a bit overweight. Maybe he/she eats or gets drinks that you didn't know were high in calories. It is also often a matter of eating too large portions.