Children (as well as adults) often use food for reasons other than to satisfy hunger. Children often eat in response to their emotions and feelings.
If your child seems hungry all the time, use the following tips to get a better idea of what is really going on.
What Triggers Hunger?
If your child is eating 3 well-balanced meals and 1 snack a day but still claims to be hungry, there may be other reasons beyond hunger that make him or her want to eat.
What You Can Do
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your child sometimes reach for food when experiencing any of the following?
- Does your child eat at times other than regular mealtimes and snacks? Is your child munching at every opportunity?
- Do you reward your child with food (does an A on a test sometimes lead to a trip to the ice cream shop)? This can inadvertently contribute to your child’s obesity.
- When your child is doing things right, do you tell him or her? Words of approval can boost a child’s self-esteem. They can also help keep a child motivated to continue making the right decisions for health and weight.
- How are you speaking to your child? Is it mostly negative? Is it often