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Always Listen To Your Tummy

“If you don’t eat your dinner, you can’t have any ice cream.” Although children are born with the ability to stop eating when they are full, parents concerned about whether their kids have eaten the right foods – and enough of them – often override this natural regulating mechanism. However, letting them stop when they say they are full can mean whining requests for biscuits an hour later, or a 5am wake-up call for breakfast. Teach children to listen to their tummies and ask themselves both quantity and quality questions: “Is my tummy full? Will I feel sick if I eat those extra biscuits?” Just because they are at the movies or passing the food hall at the shopping centre, do they really need to eat? Are they really hungry? Give them the opportunity to keep and develop their ability to sense ‘fullness’ by letting them determine when to stop eating.

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