How much should my boy who is 8 years old weigh?
A mother of an 8 year old boy asked me for advice for an 8 year old child who she believes he is gaining weight fast lately. His height is 126 centimeters and his weight is 36 kilograms. Her question was should I put him on an exercise plan?( I don't give him junk food or let him overeat and his current physical activity is playing with his friends.) Any suggestions
According to this link this child is in the 97th percentile. So, according to this scale he is larger than others, but whether that is a good or bad thing is not such an easy question.
I would emphasize sports and fitness above all else. This kid is only 8 years old so make everything fun. No HITT intervals and excessive methods. Have him sign up for soccer or teach him a basic calisthenics routine. Remember that weight alone is not the best indicator of health. A child that has a high level of physical fitness will likely be healthy even if they are carrying some extra weight.
I agree with Steve and he has some good points. One more thing you could suggest to the mother is to keep the kid active and unless he has some medical problem, he should be fine. Maybe swimming could be another activity he could participate in.
Kids do go through growth spurts
All the best to you.
That is a question for the child's doctor who can see the growth chart and the past history. This child may be in the higher percentage all along which is normal for him. People come in all shapes and sizes.
Children also grow up, then out, then up, then out, cycling that way. Now add in a growth spurt in one of those cycles.
Having a healthy lifestyle and speaking with the doctor will ease any worries. I speak as a personal trainer and parent.