Do all teenagers sneak around and hide food or is it just mine?

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Shelly - posted on 01/29/2009

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Yea your not alone I think every mother of a teenage has the same story...It's like thier brains have tis secret compartment that tells them we are going to run out of food....I have found things like whole blocks of cheese moldy cheese in my boys room...yes mom you are normal and have normal teens

Stacey - posted on 02/25/2009

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My 16 year old girl doesn't really HIDE food but I know she hides the fact that she is eating nothing but crap when she is out with her friends and I too find soda bottles and candy wrappers in her room.

Angie - posted on 04/14/2009

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I guess my kids are strange because none of them do this. They eat at the dining room table or in the yard and no where else.....

Lisa - posted on 01/28/2009

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well i have 2 teens a girl and a boy. my son eats me out of house and home.i took him to the dr. cause i thought he had a tape worm or something but the doc said it is because he has a huge hunger in him.he is a growing teenager and as long as he is active{which he is} then he should be ok.he eats everything,i mean everything from snacks to raw veggies. i was always yelling for missing stuff and when we were at the dr.s office he explained that he sneaks it cause he was scared we would be made at him for always being hungry,now we knw what is going on we gave him his own cabnet space.when it is gone it is gone.it has slowed him down a bit and stopped all the fighting.

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Taylor - posted on 01/09/2014

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my daughter takes food into her room and denies it every time so my solution is to tell her that she cant have any priviledges if anything else goes missing. i wont let her have friends and she cant have freedom for a month and all of her electronics are taken away

Christa - posted on 07/02/2013

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my 15 year old daughter does all of this, but when I looked it up on line, they made it sound like a serious problem--that it could be due to obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorder or worse reactive attachment disorder(a result of neglect or trauma in the childs life). They also made it sound like they would grow up to be disabling hoarders like seen on tv. Any thoughts on this?

Barbara - posted on 06/19/2013

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I hear all mom report the same pattern, however no one mentions whether their child is of average weight or not. All the moms are read on seem to think this is normal???
Am I missing something here!

DeVonna - posted on 04/10/2009

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I find candy wrappers, empty chips bags in his bedroom. If he is not eating in his room he during his midnight eating. I wonder where the food goes for he is so skinny.

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My son once ate a whole jar of peanut butter and left the evidence under his bed. I went to make cookies (which is why I bought the PB in the first place and couldn't find it). Magically, the next day I was putting away clothes in his room and to my surprise there lay my PB jar...licked clean!!!

Laura - posted on 04/06/2009

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Oh yeah! My 16 year old son does this all the time..Since he was the age of 5, I have found fruit snack wrappers, pop tart wrappers, etc. behind his bed, under his bed, in his dresser drawers under his clothes. You name it, he will sneak it..LOL! Im glad I am not alone..

Julia - posted on 02/27/2009

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My teenaged son did this all the time. So now I go in and make him clean it all out while I stand there and watch! Then if I think he's eaten waaaay more than his share, say 3 boxes of brownies, he has to buy some to replace them for his younger brother and sister who didn't get to share the treat. It makes him think twice before hoarding all the treats. Now, he gets treats and a fruit for snack after supper and a light snack at bedtime. i think he would get hungry in the middle of the night and sneak stuff.

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My teenager doesn't even bother to hide it, she likes to eat regular snacks in her room and leaves a trail of candy wrappers like hansel and gretel. I had told her if she continued to leave food there and not clean up, she was going to have bugs--sure enough one day there was a TEENY tiny little bug and she freaked. I just shrugged and said "he is probably hungry and eating your snacks." She has been a lot better about keeping the food in the kitchen since then!

Tracy - posted on 02/26/2009

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For Sure...not just yours! My 15 y.o. takes the cheese pouches out of the box of shells and cheese, and hides the macaroni so I can't tell, that is of course until I want to make it...then I find the noodles in her room...and the empty cheese pouch in her trash can!  

Lisa - posted on 02/26/2009

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I'm glad you all have teens doing this.  My stepson used to hide his lunch in his wardrobe!! I've found  cutlery, crockery and lunch boxes in his room today that have been there for ages

Jill - posted on 02/26/2009

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I thought it was just my daughter doing this!  She sneaks all kind of foods, I even questioned an eating disorder because she is so skinny.  She takes everything, but the worse part is that she lies about it.  I ask her where all my son's juice boxes went for school and she doesn't have a clue, then we find them empty in the basement (that is unfinished, that her brothers don't go to) and she blames them.  I don't remember EVER doing that.  Ok, maybe candy etc...but not all this stuff.  It is good to know I am not alone.

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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no its just teenagers dear. mine is soon to be 19 in a week , and boy does the food disappear and turn up in rediculous places. x

Rana - posted on 01/29/2009

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You mean I have to go thru this 2 more times?!!  At least it won't be all at once!!  Does anyone know how to get yogurt out of carpet?  Smarty pants got a litlle attitude when he got busted and now it's all over.  TG 4 Shampooers.  Just wish someone else could run it!

Janice - posted on 01/24/2009

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I do lock up the goodies. It helps, but god forbid if I forget to lock that door....everything goes missing and quick!!

Heather - posted on 01/24/2009

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Yes my daughter does that and her room looks like a sweet shop I cant lock up the kitchen don't know what to do

Janice - posted on 01/24/2009

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I think it's quite normal for them to hord/hide food. Both my boys do it and it drives me nuts. Pop cans/water bottles, plates with dried food are found everywhere. I even once found two ice cream containers in their bathroom in the vanity.

Patricia - posted on 01/24/2009

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Boys especially become obsessed with the Fridge.



I stopped buying in `goodies' because of the arguments of who`s had what and when!!!



I have a 13, 15 and 16 year old so you can imagine the competition.



I still find sweetie wrappers stuffed down the sofa cushions so I cant really give a solution, Sorry!

Suzanne - posted on 01/23/2009

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My son takes stuff into his room and is too lazy to bring it back out, his room is littered with crockery, cutlery, pop cans and candy wrappers, when the smell becomes obvious or we run out of mugs, i come the heavy parent and he cleans. I think this is pretty normal stuff.

Pati - posted on 01/23/2009

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My daughter will keep a bag of chips or crackers or cookies and candy in her nightstand drawer. Said she doesnt want to have to go to the kitchen when watching a movie so she just keeps it near. I make her clean it out once a week.

Rana - posted on 01/23/2009

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Mice! Eeeww!  This one sneaks everything.  We find moldy containers and silverware in his room or sometimes in the dumpster.  Once we even found green pancakes between his mattress and box spring!! I just worry that he has an eating disorder or something.

Inga - posted on 01/23/2009

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My son hides candy in his room & when he watches tv in the living room downstairs, he often leaves wrappers, cereal boxes, hello mice! Guess who had the job of gathering the full traps..him!

Vivian - posted on 01/23/2009

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Mine doesn't hide food. He does hide candy in his room. I find candy wrappers under his bed, in drawers and in his closet.

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