How Much To Feed

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How Much To Feed
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Fri, 01-16-2004 - 11:17pm
My ten year old neice (who just came to live with us) seems to eat up a storm. Should I limit her food? Since she is not fat, should I let her eat as much as she wants? She eats very quickly and I am working on that, but she eats more than my 6'2" 125 pound husband. I don't want her to establish bad eating habits by eating too much.

She eats 2 scrambled eggs, 2-3 waffles and a glass of milk for breakfast, crackers and cheese for mid-morning snack, 1 1/2 sandwiches, trail mix, crackers for lunch, snack when she gets home from school, and thirds of all foods at dinner (if I allow).

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In reply to: ilrn2ski
Sat, 01-17-2004 - 1:03am

Hi, welcome to the board - glad you found us.

Sherrie Rainbow

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In reply to: ilrn2ski
Sat, 01-17-2004 - 7:16pm
ITA with Sherrie. I just wanted to add my welcome to the board. Please post again and let us know how you and your niece are doing.

Janet


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In reply to: ilrn2ski
Sun, 01-18-2004 - 11:08am

I think you need to consider her body weight and her activity as well. There are girls that are in my daughters gymnastics class that eat more than their fathers do on a daily basis and are very thin.

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In reply to: ilrn2ski
Mon, 01-19-2004 - 11:32am
Thanks for the advice. My neice has been in the care of my in-laws since she was three. They are strict vegetarians (no eggs or milk even) and the woman can't boil water. My concern is that she still goes with them for the weekends. She always comes home hungry even though my mother-in-law says 'she shouldn't be hungry, she just ate before we left', and then she eats a full dinner with us.

So she eats to an extreme during the week and doesn't like what she is served or is served small portions on the weekend. Grandpa also inhales his food and then goes away from the table, which has created poor eating habits. I am trying to make her eat slower, but I am sure part of the reason she wants to eat so much is because she eats so quickly.

Since we serve her eggs and mac n cheese (her favorites that grandma will not make her)she eats those to an extreme. If it is another meal that is not her favorite, she eats a normal kid portion. That is my concern about eating habits.

For school lunches, I can pack more healthy foods, but how do I teach her that at morning recess she should eat her snack, not inhale her whole lunch in the ten minute recess? Does a ten year old need a full sandwich and peanut butter crackers two hours after a full breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, milk and yogurt?

Thanks for your help, this is all so new to me.

Peggy

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In reply to: ilrn2ski
Mon, 01-19-2004 - 3:35pm

Yep, I'm going to fall back on what I originally said.

Sherrie Rainbow

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In reply to: ilrn2ski
Tue, 01-20-2004 - 8:19pm

Hi, Peggy! I think it would make perfect sense to schedule an appt. with your niece's pediatrician. It may be that she just needs time to adjust to her new environment with its relative food "freedom". Her favorite things were "forbidden fruit" for quite a while, and still are on weekends. It may also be that she's having a growth spurt. Kids this age can eat a lot. But, you are quite concerned, and I can understand that. Talking to her pediatrician is a very reasonable thing to do. I know that our pediatrician covers nutrition, exercise, and life style with my kids now that they're older and have more control over their lives.


Please keep us posted!

Janet


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