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eating out of the garbage

My son has been eating out of the garbage---he is on a diet because he will eat till he pukes and he is 5 years old and 90 pounds, what am i going to do--i have been putting liquid dawn dish soap on top of any food in the garbage, but what else can i do. it is not really a diet it is portion control and healthy snacks and walking on a treadmill, i am obese and i am on the same diet, there is not much we can do except eat veggies and walk!!!

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Sep. 4, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • put the garbage outside in a container he can not open

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:34 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Do you have a garbage disposal? Well, I guess not if you are putting food in the trash can. Can you bag up food garbage and remove it from the inside of the house ASAP?

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • yup throw it outside!put him in a sport, keep him busy so he doesn't think about food.don't starve him! my dd is almost 5 & she is 37 pounds. we eat every 3 hours.last meal around 6.our portion is the size of our fist(a handful of grapes,or carrot sticks,or some wild rice&chicken)u cant just eat veggies, u need protein to burn fat!u should have a reward day.ours is saturday we have pancakes for breakfast for lunch maybe mac & cheese or pizza but also in moderation!we work hard the whole week not to blow it sat .meals are still the size of ur fist, & there is nutritional value, but it is a reward & it teaches a lesson: yes we can eat this food but not EVERYDAY, it also makes them feel they like everyone else.i would give your son a reward day & explain to him if he cheats &eats out of the garbage or sneaks food that he can't have a reward day saturday. This will help him stick 2 the diet for the rest of his life. goodluck

    Answer by abbyg at 1:58 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Use plastic grocery bags to tie up the food and then take it straight outside. Cook smaller amounts so there is less left over. Freeze left overs. Male meals more veggie than anything else so that eating seconds is okay. Try subbing the good stuff and not just eliminating it. Like swt potato fries instead of potato, turkey or black bean burgers instead of beef, sun or apple chips instead of lays. Low fat chocolate pudding mix on occasion. (cups are to tempting and left over pudding from mix is easier to throw away) Apples with low fat caramel dip to. Don't forget even a child on a diet needs rewards. Let him have a special meal once a week of his choosing as a reward for being so healthy the rest of the week. If you have a dog start taking it for walks around the neighborhood. If you don't have a dog borrow one! :0) That is a great way to get a child who is not ready for sports out and about that is fun.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:06 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • I dunno why I keep showing up anon-must learn to un-check that i guess.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 5:07 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • I definitely think you and your son need to speak to a therapist about portion control.Try the local health dept. Also there may be an underlying medical issue as to why he cant stop eating so you should talk to his pediatrician as well. He might have a stomach problem? It usually takes 20 to 30 mins for your stomach to signal to your brain that you are full, so if you eat half as much as one serving, then wait 20 mins and eat the other half the problem might be solved and your child will not feel like he is starving enough to eat from the garbage.

    Answer by Joanne28 at 3:16 PM on Sep. 6, 2009

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