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6yr old obsessed with food
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#1 wca

Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:55 PM

Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone elses 6yr olds are obsessed with food? My DD (who will be 6 in a few weeks) seems to be obsessed with food and eating to the point it is driving me nuts. It's as if thats all she can think about. I took her to the movies the other day and before we went she ate a huge salad roll, all of it. At the movies she had a choc top icecream and shared my chips (it's the first time I have taken her to the movies so went all out wink.gif ). In the middle of the movie, with a mouthfull of chips she said to me "can we have food when we get home?" she kept talking to me about eating food when we got home, when she should have been enjoying the movie!
Another example, she had her breakfast the other day, 2 weetbix and a banana. After breakfast I went outside and cleaned the frog tank. As soon as I turned the hose off she said "Can I have something to eat now?". It was literally 20 mins after breakfast. It's like every time she stops doing something, her mind goes to food.
Every day after school she will ask her little sister what she ate in the day. If it is "more" than what she had she will bawl, if it's less she will rub it in that she got more. She's so preoccupied with it!
Today she had her lunch, a ham cheese and tomato sandwhich and ate the whole thing plus a plum. STRAIGHT after, she said "can we have lunch now?" WTF?
Tonight I made her a simple tomato based pasta. It was a fairly large serve. I put it on the table, she looked at it and pipes up with "Can I have more after this?" before she had had her first mouthfull.

It's driving me up the wall, I feel like all I do or talk about with her is based around food. I don't know how to talk to her about it. I don't want to give her a complex about eating because I grew up with a serious body image issue and a warped relationship with food. Could it be a growth spurt? Do they have a growth spurt at this age? I highly doubt she is hungry, she eats ALOT and has a pretty balanced diet as far as carbs/protien/fats goes.  She's otherwise a healthy happy kid original.gif

Anni xx

#2 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:18 PM

My 5YO nephew is too busy playing with his toys to eat.   He was told no cars at the table and his solution was to leave the table to play with the car.

I very much boubt she is hungry if she is asking for seconds before she has even had a mouthful of the first serve.  I am probably going to get flamed for mentioning this on EB, but Supernanny did a segment on food portions and found the kids will keep eating until there is no more, not til they are full (unless its veges tongue.gif ) which was 2-3 times the reccomended serve.  If they are given the recomended serve they will say they are full when it is finished.

As for your daughter - I am not much help.  Worms?  Did she go through a period of illnes where she wasnt eating and got hungry and subconsciouosly thinks she will go hungry again, is she a labrador - they always think they are starving laughing2.gif .

#3 neddyteddy

Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:25 PM

Have you tried giving her more protein? By the looks of that days food she is getting very little. Children need quality protein (ham does not fall into this category) for growth and development. Give her eggs, lean red (my preference over chicken), oily fish, lentils and grains such as quinoa.

#4 Netmummy

Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:40 PM

My son used to be like this, to the point that I ordered him tuck shop and he asked me to pack him his usual lunchbox so he could 'have a feast'. I got concerned as he was still stick thin. He got checked out and it turned out he had type 1 diabetes. Other signs to look out for is weigh loss, excess water intake and stomach aches.

Hope it is just that she is a hungry little girl!

#5 wca

Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

NeddyTeddy> She has protien. She loves her tuna and boiled eggs too. I might try and get more lentils in though, good idea, thanks!

Chief Pancake Make> Is she a labrador...... roll2.gif That made me laugh, we used to have a lab, his head was always in the bin looking for leftovers!

Anni xx

#6 *Caro*

Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:10 PM

My eldest was a huge eater at this age and would eat as much as me, sometimes more.  She had a healthy appetite from the minute she moved onto solids and would eat solidly all day long if I let her.  I was often thinking of ways of giving her food that would make her feel like she was getting plenty to eat, but without giving her too many calories.  It meant treat food was virtually non existent (she wasn't fat, but she certainly wasn't fading away either!)  Anyway, she is nearly 8 and her eating has just recently eased off. Her growth has slowed down, and she is now much more interested in the social aspects of school than eating at recess and lunch. Mealtime at home is more relaxed too, without the constant requests for 'more'. Talking to her best friend's mum, and it seems exactly the same thing is happening with her too.  

Don't dismiss big issues like the possibility of diabetes, but also be reassured that lots of kids seem to eat a lot and then ease off after a while.

#7 mibi

Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:15 PM

My DS1 is like that. He has always been a good eater, from the moment he was born. He used to breastfeed for 1-1.5hrs. And loved food from the moment it was introduced. He is good at eating everthing - veggies, fruit,meat, sweets...it is constant from the moment he wakes.

I try to be strict with sticking to meal/snack times but then I am asked constantly what the time is. I think my son is just very orally fixated - he's a major thumb sucker also. BUt DS1 does also ask about what DS2 has eaten during the day. I look forward to school days so that I am not hounded all day. I do try to also use it to my benefit - food is used as a motivator/reward, because it's the only thing that works.

He did have worms recently, but getting that treated hasn't improved his fixation with food. And it's definitely worse when he's not doing anything. I do think it's a big part of boredom.

I just try to talk to them about eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. You can do that without giving a child body issues. I talk about how they rarely get sick, how if they eat too much of the wrong foods they won't be able to run around, ride their scooters, and when they get older they will get sick like their grandparents who have recently died from heart disease and bowel cancer - both diseases that are greatly affected by what you eat and exercise. They have become "Biggest Loser" fans because my DH watches it, but I use that as an opportunity to talk about healthy choices. They are very cute when they watch the temptations and are yelling "don't do it".

My kids usually have a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast for breakfast. Morning tea and afternoon tea is a piece of fruit and something else - ie rice crackers, cheese sticks, yoghurt, packet of popcorn, or snack pack of biscuits, or something we've baked. Lunch is a sandwich (sometime 2) and one of the "something elses". Dinner is a reasonable portion (probably about 2/3 of adult portion) of whatever I've cooked and dessert - either fruit, yoghurt, cheese, custard or ice cream - depends on what they've eaten during the day.

#8 twinboys

Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

If you only offer foods like veggies if she asks for seconds or thirds then at least it is filling her up and is good for her.

Maybe make up a box of carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, slices of capsicum and a little dip like hommous or a little bit of cheese and if she still needs to snack it is low calorie and high fibre/nutrient.

My neighbours kid eats non stop....but you can still see every rib on him - he is a skinny eating machine!!

#9 judy_

Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:19 PM

My DS1 has had periods of great hunger.   but it's always linked to other things like very bad behaviour and lots of sleep.

It is very obviously a growth spurt and the bad behaviour is generally associated with a surge in testosterone.

But it only ever lasts about 6 weeks and then finishes almost as quickly as it starts.

My DS2 hasn't had the same spurts of huge growth.

If it continues I would be seeking a gp opinion, just in case there is a cause other than just a regular growth spurt or a temporary fascination with eating.

#10 Rosiebird

Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:39 PM

I think the idea of protein rich meals with vegetable./fruit based snacks between meals is a good place to start. I would make sure that she is getting enough quality food before worrying about the actual amount that she eats

#11 Phoenix Blue

Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:35 PM

It doesn't seem a lot to me. 2 weetbix and a banana isn't much for breakfast when you're a growing kid. I'd offer toast and/or egg too. Same with lunch. Sandwich and a plum isn't much. I'd offer more food at meal times. And as a pp said, more protein. Yoghurt, smoothie, another piece of fruit, veggie sticks.

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