You Might Be Over Feeding Your Kid If…

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 by 4 Comments
You Might Be Over Feeding Your Kid If…

Knowing how much food your child should be eating isn’t as easy as it sounds. Their individual metabolisms, activity, and other factors have to be considered in order to get it right – event then you might not have a clear idea.

In the days before snack foods were a common household item, you could let your child eat as many snacks of carrots sticks or celery and peanut butter as he wanted. Today’s child is more likely to grab chips or commercially prepared cookies.

Kids do need snacks – their metabolisms run very high, but how do you know if you are overfeeding your child?

Lots of Leftovers

Pushing your child to eat a little more is probably not a healthy thing to do, even if your child is very thin. If your child often leaves a lot of food on his plate, it may simply mean that you are giving him more than he needs.

Not Hungry

If your child isn’t hungry at mealtimes or isn’t interested in a snacks, you might want to rethink how much food they are getting. Children tend to metabolize food very quickly and most kids need snacks between meals.

He’s “Chubby”

Chubby used to be considered cute, but no more. Take a good look at your child compared to other children his age. Be as unbiased as you can. If your child is chubbier than other children his age, you might want to cut back on portions.

You Use Food to Soothe

If you are one of those moms that offer ice cream or cookies to soothe an unhappy child, then stop it! Learning to depend on food as comfort during times of stress is a ticket to obesity.

How do you decide on portion sizes?

photo credit: Gaulsstin via photopin cc

Posted in: Health
Marye Audet

Marye Audet is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is the author of one cook book and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a blog for “women of a certain age”, a video site on Youtube, and upcoming blog on kitchen decor, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer.

Read more posts by


  • Penny W.

    I was guilty of unconsciously putting the same amount of food on both of my kids’ plates, despite their age differences. My younger child ate as much as the older one if he liked the meal — if not, he’d leave much of it behind and complain. A lightbulb went off in my head and I realized I was overfeeding him, cut back on his portions, and now he happily eats dinner (most of the time)! A win-win, because no one nags at him now to eat “a little bit more.”

  • marye

    Isn’t it funny how we do that automatically?


    As a mom with one child who is definitely now chubby (my same child who has every food allergy, vomited after every feeding and was very scary underweight as an infant), I can tell you sometimes it is very hard to say “no” when they say they want seconds. I always have the fear he is going to get sick again.

  • marye

    I know someone who has that same issue. Her son is now and adult. A very large adult who is constantly trying to lose weight.