How do I regulate my 8 year old's eating habits?

Teresa - posted on 07/28/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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It's easy to give in to my son's request for extra snacking. How do I help him cut back on extra snacks so that he doesn't tag on the extra pounds?

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Dove - posted on 07/29/2014

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All of my kids are allowed to eat what they want (w/in reason) whenever they want... They are very healthy and active, so I'm not concerned at all.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/29/2014

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First of all, quit 'giving in'.

Second, figure out why he wants extra snacks. Is he bored? Then he can find something to do. Growth spurt? Common, steer towards healthy snack choices. Upset? get to the root of what's bothering him.

Chet - posted on 07/29/2014

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You need to look at why he's snacking.

If he's eating because he's bored you need to address the boredom . Help him find things to do - ideally activities that are not sedentary.

If he's eating because he's emotional you need to address the emotions. Encourage him to talk about his feelings and find real solutions to his problems.

If he's honestly hungry give him access to healthy low calorie, high fibre snacks. Our kids are generally allowed to eat all the oranges, apples, carrots, bananas, cucumbers and celery they want.

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