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God, I cannot get her to stop eating

Anonymous
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My daughter refuses to eat anything healthy. I make healthy meals, she only eats the parts that she likes. Then claims she's hungry later. And she's always hungry.

She won't eat:

apples, carrots, peas, salads unless drenched in dressing and cheese, peanuts, peanut butter, celery

I try to keep foods that are nutritious and she pitches a GD fit. She's 10 years old, this is ridiculous! I don't buy the junk food, then she complains that she's starving. She pulled that crap at school and they started sending home the "snack packs" that they give the poor kids (that and called CPS). Those things are full of nasty processed junk like canned ravioli, cheese crackers, cereal bars, and pudding. She usually gorges on those on the bus on Friday afternoons.

CPS was called because she convinced the school I wasn't feeding her at home. They looked in my cupboards and fridge which were stocked to the brim with healthy food, not junk. I explained that I am trying to feed her healthy foods and she is resisting. The worker laughed and closed the case.

What bothers me the most is that she is extremely overweight and I get blamed. I get dirty looks and I get judged. I don't buy the junk, but she gets ahold of it anyway. We don't go out to eat, except for special occasions and even then we choose healthy alternatives. I cook homemade meals. But it's never enough for her.

Her brother loves healthy foods. He has a hearty appetite, but maintains a healthy weight. I'm just frustrated.

Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:37 AM
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owl0210
by Sapphire Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:41 AM
You're the parent so take control now and get her in to see a dietician and on a work out program. Are you obese too?
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danie24
by Ruby Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:42 AM

If I were you, I would contact the school and let them know what's going on at home and to please not give her any food.

Reassure them that she is being fed a large variety of healthy foods and they can check her lunch bag to see what she was given for lunch so they know.

I wouldn't give in at all. She will learn to love healthy foods.. we all do when we give it a chance because it's what nature intended for us to consume.

Good for you for caring enough to make sure her body and brain have the best fuel. Too many kids dying from cancer and suffering from chronic illness that can be prevented.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Have the pediatrician refer her to a nutritionist. My problem is opposite. My dd is 10 and can't keep weight on. She eats all the time and very healthy food. Maybe try taste testing parties. Involve both kids and make it a contest. Winner gets a treat. 

Roo1234
by Platinum Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:44 AM
The extreme nature of her behaviors makes me think that there is something more going on. Have you considered talking to her doctor and seeking counseling?
teri4lance
by Ruby Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM
Sounds like she could use some professional help. Before this developes into a full blown eating disorder.
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

No. I'm trying to help her make healthier choices. Her insurance is kind of limited. It's the most I could afford from work and doesn't cover anything but checkups and emergency care.

Quoting owl0210:

You're the parent so take control now and get her in to see a dietician and on a work out program. Are you obese too?


July_mommy
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

My son does this too...took him to the doctor and the doctor told me its a behavior thing due to his autism. HE told me I have to redirect his mind. SO far that's what we are doing.  He says he's hungry I only offer healty food. he refuses then he doesn't get anything else. He winds up eating what I make him. He'll ask for more as soon as he's done and I tell him that he can't have anytihng else. Then about an hour or so later I'll offer him a dessert as long as he doesn't ask in the mean time. He is 6 yrs old and cn eat like non stop if you'd let him. Well I'm mom so I made rules. 

momto3B
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Has she seen her pediatrician, a psychologist and a child's obesity specialist?  In addition, to any number physical or psychological causes for her behavior, Prader Willi Syndrome comes immediately to mind. 

Give you daughter and yourself a break and seek serious medical/mental heath treatment. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Her brother has Asperger's and she has some sensory issues, but nothing severe enough where they even consider her to have any kind of problem. I worry that she is on the spectrum as well, just at a very high functioning end.

Quoting Roo1234:

The extreme nature of her behaviors makes me think that there is something more going on. Have you considered talking to her doctor and seeking counseling?


TheMrs407
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM
Is she still in school? I would contact them, explain the situation and ask them for help. There are often resources out there, people just don't know about them.
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