Gluttonous and anxious children with food

Gluttonous and anxious children with food

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Greedy and food-hungry children they are children who eat a lot. Consequently, normally, parents are continually holding him back, telling him 'don't eat so much, you're going to get fat ...'. This attitude of the parents can create the child a lot of anxiety. The more anxious the child is, the more he wants to eat and this is a vicious cycle.

The child needs other avenues of attention, other escape valves, such as sports. However, greedy and food-hungry children are often chubby and are sometimes not well accepted in team sport, which can create a lot of frustration due to discrimination from other children. Negative aspects like this, for example, must be cut with understanding, leading him to an individual sport first and leaving team sport for when he is fitter.

It is important to bear in mind that the child who eats a lot overturns your anxiety with food and the problem of anxiety must be tackled. Lucía Bultó, nutritionist and author of the book Nutrinanny tips, insists that "children should not be put on a diet. On the contrary, these children have to follow an eating pattern that leads them to an ideal weight and a balanced diet."

The psychologist Silvia Alava recognizes that 'there are children who are more greedy than others and who need a greater contribution of energy. We have to educate these children in the amount of food they have to eat and, above all, in the choice of the type of food. Children who are very hungry or want to eat need a control to educate their appetite and their culinary tastes'.

1. Pieces of fruit between meals. When a child leaves school very hungry, we should not give him cookies to entertain him, nor donuts or pre-made buns, but a sandwich. And if later they are hungry between one meal and another, Silvia Álava advises that "it is preferable that they satisfy their appetite with pieces of fruit. Between one meal and another you should not give cookies. If the child is especially gluttonous, teach him to eat, offering healthy food".

2. Water to be well hydrated. Children have to be very well hydrated and drink about a liter and a half of water a day. When our mouth is well salivated, and that is achieved by drinking water, the anxiety level lowers. All children must be well hydrated, it is essential, but for these children who are especially anxious and who want to eat more and more because of this anxiety, it is very good to give them water.

3. Control the meal time. Some parents complain that at lunch or dinner their children gobble up their food, they eat too fast. The psychologist Silvia Álava considers that to eat a first, a second course and a dessert, a child can take about 40 minutes, that is, twice as much as an adult. Children who are especially anxious need us to tell them how long each dish should last. If it is a 3 or 4 year old and we are talking about a soup, it has to last about 10 minutes. It is good to put a watch with hands so that children can visually control, even if they do not know how to read the time, how time passes.

Marisol New.

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