A Your weight is correct for your height. You should try and maintain your weight in this range to avoid health risks. Your daily dietary intake should include 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 6 servings of wholegrain breads and cereals, 2 servings of reduced fat milk and milk products and not more than 25 grams of fat a day. Try and reduce your intake of sugary, salty and baked foods. Walking for 40 minutes every day at a brisk pace is a good start. Stay active through sports such as basketball, throwball, aerobics, and swimming.

Parul Dube

Q I am 15 years old and I have extremely oily skin. My face is covered in acne. What should I do?

A Pimples or acne is a common skin condition caused by hormonal changes in the body. Acne is most common during adolescence/ puberty. It is more common in women than in men during adulthood. As tempting as it may be, do not squeeze, pinch, rub or touch your pimples. Drink 8- 10 glasses of water as it is essential to cleanse your skin.
Here are few home remedies:

* Make an orange peel paste by grinding dry orange peels with water and apply on the affected area. Wash off after 10 minutes.

* Mix lime juice and rose water in equal portions and apply on affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.

* Apply a ripe tomato or cucumber pulp on pimples and leave it on for an hour. This mask acts as as astringent and coolant.

Dr Vandana Jayaprakash

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