Your child isn’t satisfied even if you’ve added food to their plate several times. They always ask for more. You hear them say, “I’m hungry; I want to eat!” often, and you’re shocked and wondering why. Because you’re afraid for their health, you’re looking for ways of getting rid of this problem.
- You can use what is called Body Mass Index (BMI) to know if your child is suffering from obesity. You get this index by dividing their weight in kilograms by their height in meters. If the result falls between 18.5 and 25, that means they’re at a normal weight, but if it’s greater than 25, it indicates that they’re overweight.
- Children’s BMI increases during their first year of life. This is normal. Then it begins to decrease until age six, after which point it rises again. If this increase occurs before age six, however, it means the child is overweight.
- Your child may resort to food as a means of limiting their worry and stress, so be careful.
Try These Solutions
If your child always wants to eat, it’s up to you to intervene—just be smart about it.
- First, try checking their BMI. If the result is a negative one, work with their doctor to come up with helpful tips.
- If your child is three years old, remember that they’re beginning to choose their own food. Observe which varieties they like most and which ones they refuse to eat. Try to find alternatives to harmful substances like fat and sugar. Serve them beneficial things in new ways; for example, cut vegetables into shapes they like.
- Determine the appropriate amount of food for them by remembering that each portion is equal to the size of their fist. Serve them one portion of protein (e.g., meat, fish, or eggs) and three portions of fruit and starches daily.
- Always suggest that they eat vegetables and fruits instead of sugar. Repeat the suggestion four or five times.
- Adopt a healthy diet yourself. If you’re bringing, it’s not unlikely that you’ll pass the habit on to your child.