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Thoughts on today's article "Controlling Kids' Portions Could Create Future Food Issues"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm so grateful to have read this article today. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Both eat very healthy, they usually ask for fruit or veggie's for snacks. They both eat well, and are not too picky.
I'm not too concerned with my two year old, because I think she eats the right amounts for her body. I am concerned about my 4 year old. It seems like she is always asking for food. She isn't overweight, but she is close to the border line. I always think that I wish my parents had controlled my eating a little better so that I wouldn't have had weight issues. But as I read this article, I wonder if that would be a bad idea to do for my daughter. I do control her portions. Sometimes I know she want's more food just because it tastes good, not because she is hungry.

How do you teach a child to stop eating when she is satisfied, not full?

Honestly I don't know what to do. She is always asking for seconds, for a snack, even if she has just eaten a meal. I tend to think she can't be hungry again....but I just don't know.
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  • HIGHBURY.HOUSE
    Maybe we should do as we do - fill them up with drinks - also it takes 20 minutes for the stomach to communicate with the brain that it is full. Or if she eats more, she has to move more. They are little people but we want them to be healthy. Good luck.
    4115 days ago
  • DANCINGRITA2
    If she wants something sweet,I would just try to keep small boxes of raisins or fruit handy to give her when she wants more to eat or a snack. My grandchildren likes raw vegetables strips or chunks with a ranch dip. It might be a good idea to distract her, with another activity, game or have her take a walk with you. I hope this helps. emoticon
    4115 days ago
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