4 yr old wont stop eating

Tracey - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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HELP i have a beautiful 4 yr old girl who i love with all my heart but the problem is she WILL NOT STOP EATING She is morbidly obese already weighing in at 32 kgs and i fear for her health. She just will not take no for an answer i feel useless and out of control as a parent I dont usually buy crisps or sweets so she is not overeating junk its fruit, brown bread etc, and she will not stop till that bowl of fruit is gone. She is getting teased at school and i thought in a harsh way well maybe this would help her understand but it didnt its like water off a ducks back as she calls them fat back!! please help i really dont want this life for her she is so beautiful i just want her to be healthy and happy any suggestions??

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Tracey - posted on 01/02/2010

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hi tina no the 9 year old doesnt live with us and my husband has always been overweight even as a child so maybe its genetic i also have an 19 month old girl who is a healthy weight for her age (actually there is not a pick on her!!) but yes i will definitley keep you updated thanks for your reply

Tina - posted on 01/02/2010

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Does the 9 year live with you? If not, it might be a genetic thing and not an "overeating" thing. Please keep me posted. I'd love to know suggestions made. I have a friend with a two year old that ways as much as my 5 year old. She and her husband are large and fear it's bad eating habits even though they limit her intake.

Tracey - posted on 01/02/2010

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thank you for your replies and dont worry im not offended i apreciate critism too!! i must admit i probably think the same myself when i see an overweight child ...... i have brought her to my doctor and he has referred her to a clinic for eating disorders which we are awaiting an appointment for .She has an older sister who is nine she is my husbands from a previous relationship and she is morbidly obese too so much that she can hardly breath and walk so i guess seeing her gives us an idea of what the future will hold for my daughter too . Thanks so much for your advice im gonna pull my socks up and put my foot down with her!! will keep you updated thanks again

Tina - posted on 01/02/2010

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I agree with limiting what you put in front of her. My 15 mth old will eat as long as you let him. He has improved at accepting "no more" but it took several fits of removing him from the highchair and simply letting him scream. It didn't hurt anything but my ears and each time was a shorter fit. Even healthly food in large quantities is bad.
The fruits have natural sugars in them. It's hard to disagree with your children but parents must be parents first, friends second.

Carla - posted on 01/02/2010

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the only answer to that problem is telling her no! but it will be worth the fight!!!!! its best to do it now b4 she gets older and ppl make fun of her worse, and if she can get her eating under contol now she can probably eventually be the correct weight for her age in a couple years. I dont mean to offend you but everytime i see overweight children, i blame their parents becuz you are responsible for what they do or dont eat...you and me both know your lil girl isnt starving so let her cry or pitch a fit...and this is honestly what i would do in this situation. and i dont know if you let her drink soda but that would probably help to...hope this helps...good luck

Jackie - posted on 01/02/2010

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What has your doctor said? Is there an issue with her brain understanding being full? You do need to start making no mean no. Also start offering her smaller servings and get her out of the house moving around. My youngest has a terrible habit of eating when he is bored... so I make sure he doesn't get bored. I do luck out that he rarely sits still so he burns everything he takes in. Its tough but teaching them good eating habits young can save their lives later.

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