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Binge Eating Toddlers and Toddler Obesity

Fat toddlers define the conventional definition of ‘cute’ and more often than not, mothers tolerate their toddlers’ binging. But when are we supposed to put the line between healthy and unhealthy eating?

What is binge eating?

Toddlers are said to binge when they eat large quantities of food in one sitting or eat an unusually large amount of food which is more than other toddlers would.

Binge eating in toddlers has become much more common.

Binge eating toddlers have become more common over the course. Sometimes, as a parent, we give in to the requests of our toddlers and feed them all the food that they want as we may want them to keep quiet or believe it is the right thing to do. But we have to consider that binge eating is unhealthy and can cause dire health consequences in the future. Binge-eating toddlers are always at greater risk of developing eating disorders later in life. There can be a link between overweight parents and obese children.

Ways to avoid obesity and binge eating

  • Ensure you give your child the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Try and give your child a piece of fruit instead of sweets at play or recreation time
  • Avoid sugary snacks and try healthier options such as nuts or dried fruits
  • Use smaller portions or have smaller plates
  • If your child likes junk food then try and find healthier alternatives which they may like. Junk food can be given but try and limit this to special treats or one every few weeks
  • If you are unsure what to make then go out and buy a good cook book which will help with portion sizing and also give you plenty ideas to try out
  • Cut all fats off meat and if you need to fry something in oil then check and make sure there is not an alternative way to cook the food such as by using a health grill or by oven cooking it

Noticing over eating as a pattern.

As your child devevelops you will notice that sometimes he or she will eat rather a lot more than at other times. This is all part of growing and developing and is common. What you should be wary of is when this becomes a regular pattern and they seem to be demanding more and more food and are putting on weight. Then it may be time to cut back on the portion size for a while and go out and participate in outdoor activities that will burn off the excess energy given by the increased appetite.

Parents to control their Childs eating.

It is up to the parents to control your childs eating habits and ensure that they are getting the correct levels of vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates. A balanced diet ensures your child well being and growth.

What do if your child is over eating?

Monitor your child’s eating habits, and if you suspect that your child is starting to show the symptoms of being a binge-eating toddler, visit your trusted pediatrician so he or she can help determine whether your toddler needs help minimizing his food consumption. They will also be able to let you know what the correct height and weight should be for your child. Do not over-encourage your child to eat more than he should be eating and do not make an issue out of it.

Toddler obesity is not uncommon and by following the few simple steps above then this should ensure a healthy and well balanced baby which will help maintain their regular eating patterns for the rest of their lives.



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