What not to do when a child is 200g too heavy?

The question of weight cutting in kids is a sensitive issue. My point of view about it is pretty clear: weight cutting is something that should be avoided as much as possible, especially at young age. Kids should eat healthily and consume enough energy for their growth and if a child can’t stay in one weight category with a healthy diet – it’s time to move up the weight. Because children and adolescents are growing, changing weight category is inevitable. I share this point of view in the lectures I give in judo clubs and at this point there’s always […]

Cutting weight at young age

Whether one should cut weight or not, is a question I’m asked frequently and everyone has an opinion about it. Recently there was an interesting discussing about weight cutting by children in one of the Facebook groups I’m following and I decided to dedicate this blog post to give my opinion as a dietitian and ex-top athlete. The discussion started with the following hypothesis:   A question to you coaches and/or parents. The national coach of the team where your pupil or child trains demands that he or she cut weight to a lower category in a manner that is detrimental to […]