My boys EAT A TON! Anyone else have this issue?

Bethany - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 year old and 3 year old twins, and they are like living garbage disposals! Just for an example, my 4 year old today ate

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 1 cup of rice w/ soy sauce, an orange, 4oz glass of milk, piece of toast, 4 big strawberries
Snack AM: 1/2 cup of grapes, piece of string cheese, piece of toast
Lunch: PB sandwich, 10 baby carrots w/hummus, a bowl of cereal, handful of cashews
Snack PM: 4oz apple juice, 1/2 cup pudding, 1/2 of a grilled cheese sandwich, handful of wheat thins
Dinner: 1 cup of mashed potatoes, 1 cup mixed veggies, 7 chicken wings, 4 oz milk
Throughout the day I would say he also drinks around 8, 4 oz glasses of water or more too.

This is with me spending most of my day arguing with him, that "no you have had enough!" The days my husband is home or when we have babysitters he will eat much more. My son is kind of tall and thin he is only 36 lbs but is 44 inches tall. He is in perfect health, never had any health problems, and happy and active. My doctor says he is fine, just to feed him when he is hungry, and make sure it is a healthy diet. If he is growing, keeping all of his food down and staying at a healthy weight/height ratio, not to worry, but this is crazy(so is my grocery bill)! All 3 of my boys eat like this. Just wondering if any other moms have had this issue? I am scared for the teen years if this continues :)

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Stifler's - posted on 11/24/2010

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Bwahaha it doesn't end. I have so many friends with 3/4/5 year old boys who say the same... they are always hungry. My husband can still eat and eat and eat and never seems to gain much weight (not as much as I would if I was constantly eating).

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Shelley - posted on 01/17/2011

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My boys eat a ton my grocery bills insane expecially my 15 yr old he is never ever full.

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My son goes through spurts of eating like that. Especially when he was younger like a 1-2.5, my son has slowed down and he seems to only eat like that when he is about to grow.

Talea - posted on 12/09/2010

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we do eat it often but we often let the kids make their own with premade crusts and just have fun,with trying more and more vegetarian foods I found its the one food we can all agree and if they must have meat it's so easy to limit where it goes :)

Stifler's - posted on 12/09/2010

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It's okay hahaha as long as you don't think I was actually attacking you for eating pizza! I eat pizza all the time. It's delicious.

Talea - posted on 12/09/2010

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I'm posting this here to apologize, it had been a really rough week and when I saw your post right after mine and mine was the only one mentioning junk food I assumed it was an attack when all the other moms has such great food choices mentioned - I deleted the offensive reply and I hope you will forgive my rudeness.

Stifler's - posted on 12/09/2010

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I can't even find the words to respond to that. I didn't even see the pizza bit. Why do you think I was making this whole personal attack about pizza when I was complimenting the people up the top on their blueberries?

Stifler's - posted on 12/09/2010

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Ahh it's so good to see so many people feeding their kids healthy stuff.

Talea - posted on 12/08/2010

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yep, I got 4 kids of my own and 4 that call me Mom and I help raise, oldest boy 18 (6 ft. and a twig) can snarf down a whole extra large pizza with cheese sticks, 17 - boy same thing (he is heavier than my 18 year old by quite a bit but he's a football player - lives with his cousin- and is well over 6ft.), oldest girl - 16 can eat a whole large on her own but she really prefers healthier foods (one of my "other" babies and has had minor weight problems so she watches what she eats and only indulges once in a while - she keeps up fine at 5 ft. 3 inches with her older brothers), 11 year old son eats half a pizza on his own with cheese sticks and dessert also a twig - not quite 5 ft. yet, girl 8 - she is the only picky eater and we are watching her (she is one of the ones I help with and she is severely underweight so much so she is under a doctors care with her diet because of a troubled past she is terrified of being fat so we watch her), 6 boy - he is somewhat picky but he will eat about 3 or 4 slices of pizza if he's hungry also a twig, boy 5 - he is my grazer he won't sit and eat a huge amount all at once but rather prefers to have lots of small meals but if it's pizza he can eat 3 slices and some cheese sticks if it's what he really wants - not quite a twig, very muscular and stocky - very active and very tall for his age (almost as tall as his 11 year old brother), then my youngest girl almost 1 year, she can eat 1 slice of pizza and 2 cheese sticks - she is my heavy weight out of the babies, all my boys were tiny babies, she is like I was nothing but rolls and even then she's smaller than I was. She is tall and active for her age though and she still goes through phases where she eats more than at other times - usually right before a growth spurt. Now my husband is also a twig - just under 6 ft. and he can eat like my 18 year old and not gain an ounce - drives me nuts, so yeah all but one in my house eats that way and we wish she would! lol

Melissa - posted on 11/25/2010

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My boys are almost three and just turned one. The joke around the house is daddies going to have to get a second and third job just to pay for groceries. For breakfast between the two of them they will eat 4 eggs 2 pieces rye toast a yogurt cup each and strawberries and blueberries. This is at 7:30 in the morning by 9:00-9:30 they want to sit down for a bowl of cherrios and an apple sauce each and then 11:00 is lunch where they both eat a bowl of pasta. They are both really skinny too. This doesn't even include the water, juice and milk. Should have bought a farm......lol

Tweety - posted on 11/05/2010

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Oh!! I am with you!! LOL - my son is 5 and I just can't keep up.. it seems as though he is always hungry!! The food budget just can't keep up - LOL - and I know we are talking about boys.. but.. my husband can eat enough food to feed three people!! AAAHHH!! between my son and my husband.. I think I might eat a salad just to make sure there is enough for the both of them - LOL. I will take one day at a time but I do know my son goes through stages. At times, and some days, he is not very hungry but when he is...watch out! I have noticed, on occassion, the days/weeks he is eating to feed the army that lives in his belly, during the next couple weeks he will wake up taller than when he went to bed! LOL - I would like to say that the constant eating is linked to an up-coming growth spurt.. but I too worry when that growth spurt is a teen body!!

Shelley - posted on 11/03/2010

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just wait until they are older u think they eat alot now u have not seen anthing

Bonnie - posted on 11/03/2010

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My boys are only 2 and 4 and no more than an hour after a meal they want something else. My 2 year old has breakfast the same time as my 4 year old old, at around 7:30am on days I take him to school and my 2 year old and I walk in the house at around 9am after dropping his brother off, and he is just constantly asking for snacks before I even have my coat off lol.

Julie - posted on 11/02/2010

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My boys are 8 and 6 as well, and I have to say they eat everything in sight. They say they are hungry right after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are some days I say it's bedtime and the younger one says, "but we didn't have dinner" Which was wrong. My boys are in sports, and are very active and the Dr. says as long as they are healthy and in the right ranges they are fine. My older son is a swimmer and he is constantly hungry and I feed him because he is using lots of energy. Don't worry, but yes it will get worse as they grow.

Trinity - posted on 10/28/2010

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lol my twin boys are only 20 months old and are constantly going to the pantry! One is tiny and the other is normal but like you said, i worry about later in life. I am always telling them "you JUST ate." They have recently learned how to open the pantry door so that is fun! I joke with my husband that they will be obese ( i know thats not really funny) but they ALWAYS want to eat. Maybe its a boy thing, cuz my niece is 4 and it crazy trying to get her to even finish 1/2 a sandwich.

Hannah - posted on 10/28/2010

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I have 2 boys, ages 8 and 6. They both go through stages...recently and the one that has lasted the longest is the one where they never stop!! Both my boys are normal sizes, one extremely skinny. They will eat and eat and eat~they eat their dinner and 5 minutes later want a snack...they get home and have a snack, then want another one before dinner! I hate to have them hungry, but who can afford it?? They eat breakfast as soon as they get up before school, then school serves breakfast too! I just don't know!! I, like you, am afraid of the teenage years...they are going to have to get jobs to help pay for the insane amount of food they eat!!

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