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missybrown

obsession with food

hello, after a terrible weekend im at my wits end, my 5year old son who has a delay in social communication and is still being assessed by the paedatrician, has got worse for being obsessed with food.
He has started sneaking around and lying about it so much so that my husband caught him hiding behind the sofa with a mouthful of cookie of which he had hid under the cushion on sofa (within minutes of returning home from picking me up from work this was)
He doesnt go hungry is fed well and does get treats often, the next day we find that he had gone in the fridge and opened up a couple of items ate some of the treats and put it back as if we wouldnt notice.
He goes to childcare in a school setting and has lied to them saying he hasnt had food when he has. I just dont know where to go from here because he has always loved his food and is comforted by knowing when his next meal is and where etc and when doing new things he is fine providing he knows what is happening regarding food.
We are trying to not use food as a punishment because of the "obsession" but on top of other bad behaviours (stamping on a snail and lying saying it was an accident, and hitting again at school) we are running out of ideas. Me and my husband are arguing because im the softer parent, but sometimes i think his techniques/ideas are a bit cruel.
Does anyone have any advice as im quite upset for a number of reasons due to this



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lovinglife954

Hi,

I understand what your going through. My daughter is the same way with food. She eats healthy at home but when she is on her bike rides she gets junk food.

My advice to you is to talk to him and make a schedule of all his meals and what time they will be at and what he will eat. And tell him that if he doesnt like it too bad. And that if he doesnt eat that he will have that sitting in the fridge to eat for when he gets hungery. But the best thing to do is give him 6 small meals a day.

Breakfast- oatmeal and bannana

Snack- granola bar and juice or water

Lunch- chicken and apple and if you want ad in a few crackers

Snack- two cheese sticks and one fruit

Dinner- lean meat with veggies.

But like I said explain to him it is not healthy to do what he is doing because he could end up severely over weight or have childhood obesesity at an early age.

Best of luck

keep me updated on how he is.

love.

kathy

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phyrebrand

Throw away the junk food. Leave only healthy food for him to steal.

Yogurt, fruit, cheese, nuts, cut up veggies. If he's truly hungry, he will eat what is available.

He sounds like any adult that feels very stressed. Have you noticed how much more you eat when you feel stressed out? Or lonely? Or anxious? You could try to address the feelings that are driving him to eat like that.

Another suggestion is go and do active things with him: bike riding, walks, go to the playground, go play a round of basketball. It'll help with his stress and give an outlet to all those calories he's consuming.