Vivien - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
My 3 year old is completely food obsessed. We adopted him 14 months ago along with his younger brother and as far as we are aware he was in a loving foster home. At the beginning he had a very limited diet but now eats everything. He talks about food all the time. While still in his bed he talks about breakfast, when he's had that he asks about lunch and similarly at dinner time. He asks why our portions are larger than his, watches us intently when we are eating, eats really fast and then stares at us (even though we get him to count to ten between mouthfuls), plays with the kitchen toys at playgroup, hangs around the snack table at nursery, always asks for seconds (we don't give him it), has eaten till vomiting on two occasions. Coupled with this he blanks us when we say 'no' to him in regards to food and cries rather than speaking to us. In the last two months he has eaten an apple (grandmother's), stolen grandfather's sweet, stolen grandparents chocolate and eaten 1/4 box of chocolates hidden in a cupboard in the kitchen. He has pinned the blame on his brother and sister saying he saw them do it. He hides the wrappers (but not very well). He watches cookery programmes with great interest. When we watched a nature programme he pointed at the animals and said 'I like that- meaning he likes to eat it'. How can we change this behaviour?