Overeating at a young age

Melody - posted on 03/03/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have 4 girls my 15 you old won't eat so she can be thin, my 7 year old eats her food and her sisters food and the two small ones eat normal portions but have a high metabolism and stay thin.I don't want to give my baby girl a complex and she is by no means fat but I am scared for her.How can I make her understand?

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Dove - posted on 03/03/2015

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I would definitely be more concerned about the one not eating than the one eating too much... as long as there is no medical issue at hand preventing your little one from knowing when she is full, the foods she eats are healthy, and she is active... there's not really much wrong w/ eating a lot at this age... she is likely going through a growth spurt or something.

I have a 7 year old son that will sometimes eat the equivalent of 3-4 dinners between the time he gets home from school and the time he goes to bed.... lol

Keep the focus in your entire family on healthy food choices and maintaining an active lifestyle.

I don't know about any 'phase' of not eating... I never did and my oldest at 13 is still a bottomless pit (and very, very active)....

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Melody - posted on 03/03/2015

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I appreciate your comments and while I appreciate your enthusiasm for the 15 year old and I will definitely keep an eye on her it doesn't address my concern of how to get through to my 7 year old. I want ALL my daughters to be healthy and grow to have a strong foundation. I wasn't afforded that support and I KNOW how hurtful and detrimental words from a parent can be. Not having to go through this before I want to go about it the best way for my daughter so she knows it's out of love.

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2015

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They both have equal issues. You may think your 15 year old is just going through a phase, but if she is not eating it is not just a phase it is an issue. Both are damaging their bodies in how they are eating. I would do some therapy for both. Eating is not just about eating there are reasons why people over eat or don't eat. You can't fix the eating until you fix the other issues. It also worries me that your concern is with the one that overeats, but not with the one that is not eating. Many eating disorders start to manifest around 13, 14, 15 years old.

Melody - posted on 03/03/2015

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Honestly no, I know she is going thru a phase she is 15 and she loves to cook and she loves to learn about foods. I'm worried about the 7 year old, we talk about nutrition and the consequences of over eating I use myself as an example. I have lost 42 lbs and have more to go but I don't want to emotionally do something to hurt my daughter

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2015

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So you are worried about the one that eats her meal and her sisters? But you are not worried about the one that does not eat?

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