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is it common for boys age 8-9 being hungry all of the time?

My ds seem to tell me he is hungry or wanting a snack like 2 hours later after we've eaten.
What is going on I make sure he has plenty like until he feels full.
What can I give him to hold off bait longer?
Thank you ladies

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:20 PM on Jun. 22, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • As long as he's not at an unhealthy weight, it's very normal. My boys STILL eat constantly, and they are 18, 20 & 27. They are very active though and burn it off.

    I would keep plenty of fresh fruit, bananas are filling, and protein snacks like peanut butter, or even lean turkey or meat for sandwiches, veggies with dip, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, nuts, whole grain cookies or muffins (sparingly)....really anything that makes a healthy meal in a smaller portion becomes a healthy snack.

    Don't expect it to stop anytime soon, I always say I could drive a Ferrari with what I spend on groceries to feed these guys!! Good Luck....

    Answer by ohwrite at 10:24 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • growth spurt??

    Answer by kittenripmaygo at 10:34 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • my son has eaten pretty much constantly since he was lttle-he's 14 hour or two after we eat he's like "what's to eat?"
    it's crazy!

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 10:36 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • LOL - I agree with the pp! I have a 17 yr old ds and they are ALWAYS hungry, they can ALWAYS eat. Keep healthy snacks and stuff on hand. Also, while they're bottomless pits with wanting to eat and stuff, they also won't starve if you say something like "lunch was an hour ago, you can wait awhile then we'll have a snack".

    But, as I joke with people, I wish I had started a 401K when my ds was born, just so I could have used it to feed him when he hit puberty!

    Of course, all this is assuming that he's eating his meals and that he's leading a healthy (active) lifestyle and not really overweight. In which case, you might want to take all this up with his Dr.

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 10:37 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • Feed him if he's hungry as long as he's not overweight. Growing boys go though spurts where they are hungrier than normal.

    Answer by Rachel24517 at 11:33 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • Oh and if you are worried about his weight, when he says he's hungry, give him some fruits or veggies.

    Answer by Rachel24517 at 11:34 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • Yes, this is normal. He's probably going through a growth spurt. My children would all do this in phases. And when they did, they would gain height.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:46 AM on Jun. 23, 2010

  • My 10 year old eats way more than I do! He is eating all the time and is still below the 10% for his weight. I try to fill him up with healthy carbs - whole wheat macaroni and cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, etc. He will eat yogurt and veggies too, but the carbs with some protein hold him much longer.

    Answer by missanc at 8:36 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • I have twin boys who are 6 years old. They both eat a very balanced healthy diet and seem to always be hungry. I make sure they have pleanty of fruit, yogurt when they want to have a snack. If your child is not over weight, or have any health issues I think it's rather normal.

    Answer by mommiedear at 1:56 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • My boys have all been like that. Usually we do three meals plus an afternoon snack and after that they can have fruits and veggies (I keep a lot of things like carrots, celery sticks, apples...). As long as your kids are healthy and active it's normal.

    Answer by reelo at 6:11 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

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