A mom writes in asking for advice. She is worried her step-daughter is eating too much food. Her husband disagrees with her and doesn’t really care. Her step-daughter will eat non-stop and still feel hungry after. She is even starting to gain weight. This mom wants to help but doesn’t know what to do. Any advice for this mom?
A member of the community asks:
“I have a healthy type of question I’d like an opinion on. My stepdaughter is seven years old and eats non-stop. And my husband lets her. For instance, we decided to get a taco 12 pack on Tuesday for a just for fun meal. She ate 7 of the 12 tacos and was still saying she’s starving. Last week, we ordered pizza, and she ate ten full-size slices. My husband will continue to feed her and feed her and feed her. In the last month, she has gained significant weight.
I’ve tried to talk to him about teaching her to drink some water while she eats, so she’s not quite as hungry, and she gets hydrated, and he says that she’s just hungry. It’s gotten to the point where it makes me nauseous to be around her when she eats because she just won’t stop. I have told my husband she needs to go to a doctor, he disagrees. When she hits puberty, I know that she is going to blow up like a balloon if she doesn’t learn to control herself. Am I crazy? Please be nice in your responses. I’m genuinely worried, and my husband is making me sound like I’m just a jerk.”
Community Advice for This Mom Worried About Eating Habits
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The advice for this mom was mixed. Some felt that she should be worried about her step-daughter’s eating habits. One commented, “Honestly, I would try and convince him to take her to the dr for some tests, definitely sounds like a health issue of some sort, I don’t know any grown people who could eat 7 tacos or 10 pieces of pizza.” Another shared, “Sign her up for sports and stop buying fast food. If you’re really concerned as a parent we have to stay accountable.”
Others felt like it was normal for a young girl to eat since she is growing. One shared, “Let her eat. Quit making her sound like she is a pig. She’s growing.” Another agreed, “My sister ate like that for years. After she stopped growing as much, she was fine. She was never overweight though. The doctor said it’s normal as long as she didn’t start gaining weight because she is growing.”
Some shared personal experiences as well. One shared, “I’ll tell you that’s when my weight issue started and I’ve never recovered. I wish someone had cared enough about me. Make sure there are lots of fruits and veggies offered at each meal.” One said, “Take to the doctor just to make sure but also I eat a lot when depressed so just sit down with her and see if everything is okay. Life is hard, even for a 7-year-old.”
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