Parents often wonder why on earth their children refuse to eat. They are often quite young, but have never been bothered about eating for most of their lives. Sometimes parents will discover that a child has some form of eating disorder and may even have to take the child to a specialist to get help. Other times it can be something as simple as they have never had much taste for food or just don’t like it.
Children are naturally inquisitive and curious. They love to learn new things, and are always looking for the ‘biggest’ or ‘the coolest’ piece of food. The same is true for the human brain. It is always wanting to know the why of things. So when kids don’t eat, parents get very frustrated and tend to ask themselves questions such as; ‘Was my child given less of a chance to learn because he/she didn’t eat too much?’
On the other hand, if a person eats less, or eats more often, then it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are doing better academically or any other way. They may just be doing the best that they can with the information that is available to them. And although some people argue that they are not getting the nutrients that they need from the more frequent meals, many studies have shown that the small, frequent meals, with good nutrition and plenty of fruit and vegetables, actually provide the nutrients that our bodies need more than larger, more calorific meals.
Some kids refuse to eat because they are being stressed by family members who constantly talk about how bad their diet is or are trying to instill good eating habits into them. The other major reason that kids refuse to eat if they don’t like to see others enjoy what they are eating. This could be because they don’t think they look as good as those who eat more frequently. It could also be that they don’t think that they taste as good as those who eat smaller portion sizes. Either way, they feel left out and aren’t happy about it.
Parents can make the task of making their kids eat less often much easier. First of all, by choosing foods that are more likely to be liked by a child, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats and whole grain foods, you are increasing their intake of things that they like. By doing this, you are making their dinner time a happier time for them. If they do eat, you can serve them a small amount at a time so that they don’t become overwhelmed. This can help to prevent them from becoming angry at you if they do eat more than they’re supposed to.
Another way to keep your kids from refusing to eat is to set a schedule for them. Kids are much more likely to eat meals on a scheduled time schedule if they see it as a ritual. The same goes for them having snack and other meal times. If you set specific times throughout the day that you would like for them to have their meals, they’ll be less likely to forget about them or feel guilty about not eating their meals.
If your children are eating more, but still aren’t gaining the weight they should be, there may be something wrong with their diet. Many times children don’t grow enough during the week, and if you see that their weights are not growing accordingly, you may want to change their diet. Many children are given tablets that promote weight gain in order to put on some extra pounds. While these might work for very young children, they are not going to be healthy for much longer. While you certainly don’t want your children to suffer through childhood obesity, if it’s causing them emotional problems in school and with friends, it’s probably time for them to undergo a healthy diet change.
Finally, if you notice that your children no longer have interest in eating, even when you feed them, there could be a problem. Kids are just as much at risk for weight problems as adults are. It’s important that you monitor their eating habits closely to make sure that they are getting all of the nutrients that they need. You don’t want to have to come up with special diet plans for your kids just because they refuse to eat healthier.