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What are the signs of overeating in children?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Here are some warning signs that your child may be overeating.

  • rapid weight gain
  • irritability or moodiness
  • hiding food
  • hoarding food
  • rapid disappearance of food from the kitchen
  • finding food hidden in your child’s room
Mary Mullen
Nutrition & Dietetics
Be on the lookout for the following five signs of overfeeding of children and tweens. Your children may have too much on their plates (literally) if:
  • they spend lots of time playing with their food rather than eating it all
  • they come to meals and snacks saying, “I’m not hungry!”
  • the food portions on their plates are the same as yours
  • they are upset, stressed, tired, or cranky, and you comfort them with food instead of hugs
  • their clothes are tight in the chest, waist, or rear, even though the length is still fine
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