my 12 years daughter eats lot of junk and sweets. what can be reason?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/17/2013

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250 grams is roughly equivalent to 8 oz. Most chocolate bars are sold in 6-8 oz sizes in the US.

So, your child eats the equivalent of one chocolate bar at a sitting...that is NOT unusual! She's a normal kid.

Hormones have nothing to do with it. Like we've all said, IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, either quit buying it, or quit giving her spending money. Educate her on healthier choices, and demonstrate by eating healthy yourself.

Like Evelyn, my kids would ask for fruit rather than sweets when they were young. It was only as they got older (HS or secondary) that they started to enjoy chocolate or sweets more. It's all in how you "train" them to eat.

Kristi - posted on 01/09/2013

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Generally, that stuff tastes better and is cheaper. If it is readily available at home that will be the first thing she goes for.

I agree with Shawnn and Denikka as far as what to do about it.

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Taya - posted on 01/26/2013

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I'm a teen girl and I love sweets and junk food as much as most kids, The important question should be if she is healthy, over weight, eating proper nutrition. I am at a healthy weight and nutrition and I eat a lot of "junk food". So far today I have had a small amount of chips and popcorn(- they were in the house, just asking to be eaten), Goldfish!!!!! i love goldfish...(It is wholewheat - Try and buy "better" junk food(?) or small amounts) and a bit of chocolate. In my house junk food is very hard to find and I used to (and maybe once every 2-3 months) make a small amount of "cookie dough" basically Milk, flour, butter and sugar.

The reason is because they are in the house and they taste good.And most junk food isn't exactly nutritious, you eat more of it to fill you up!

Something I like a lot that is about as yummy as junk food is a fruit smoothie! Banana, Frozen fruit(I enjoy blueberries) milk and "healthy" yogurt, sometimes I put Ice cream or straight cocoa powder in it .... One bad thing about it is that I'm picking blueberries skin off my teeth for the next while! Sorry if my wording is a bit confusing hope i could help.
Good luck!

Evelyn - posted on 01/23/2013

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Shawn~~As for the fruit begging, I did not train them to do that....they did that of their own choice.

Lakota - posted on 01/17/2013

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She doesn't need a hormonal test. She has a sweet tooth like many people do. Stop buying the junk and sweets if she can't control herself.

Meenal - posted on 01/17/2013

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thanks
what worries me she eats 250 grams sweet in one go.
shopkeepers do not offer buying below minimum quantity.
is there any harmonal test that can be conducted?

Evelyn - posted on 01/09/2013

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I have to say that I agree with the ladies here. If you have it available that is what they eat. I found after my ex and I were seperated and divorced, I did not buy the junk like I used to. I could not afford it. I bought what we really needed to eat. Every now and then we get chips or cookies or something along that line, but I tell the kids it has to last them a while and if they eat it too quickly that is going to be all they get. Besides that, my kids trained themselves young to beg for fruit at the store while the rest of the world of kids begged for candy.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/08/2013

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Probably because she can, and she likes them.

If you don't then logically explain to her what the effects of excessive sweets and junk food can be, and set limits for consumption.

Denikka - posted on 01/07/2013

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Probably because she has access to them. If you don't want her to eat sweets and junk food, don't buy them. Keep them out of the house entirely. And don't give her money to use in vending machines. If you take away her ability to get to junk, and instead leave it only as a treat every once in a while, she won't eat it.

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