My son is almost 11 and was diagnosed at the age of 2. He has come so far in so many ways. Until he was about 6 years old he barely ate much and the few things he did eat where not nutritional. I had a long list of vitamins and supplements he had to take daily. But one day he willing started trying new foods and now has somewhat of a good balanced diet. But he has gone from when he was younger seeming like he was going to starve himself to now which is constantly thinking of food, constantly… read more
We're going through a similar phase with my daughter. I found an interesting blog post about this on the autismspeaks.org site: https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2014/02/14/ou...
I bought the book “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right” and plan on implementing some of those strategies. I've also locked away the snack food. My plans are put the snacks in portion control containers and those will be the ones in the pantry. One day's worth of snacks at a time and I'll refill them in the mornings when lunches are made.
This has really helped me. My 9yr old sneaks food in his room and it is a big problem. It doesn't matter how much I give him. It's always sweets or starchy foods. I was feeling bad about thinking of putting a lock on the fridge! I've locked up one cabinet and now have a shelving unit in my bedroom and lock my door. I have a lock on the hall closet that has medicines and knives. I feel like everyone is suffering because he can't control himself. I do find that he eats more when he's bored.
I'm just glad to know it's not just him. Guess I won't fuss at him too much😔
I know I’m late in answering here, and I didn’t read through all comments, but I did want to add this, I apologize if it has already been said. This is the age where MOST boys are going to start eating or being hungry almost constantly. Their bodies are changing and they need more food. I have three sons and from ages 11-13 each grew a minimum of 6 inches. Just something to keep in mind. It may be just part of the normal growth process. Of course, healthy snacking and meals should be provided, but he may truly be needing those extra calories. 🙂
Thank you all so much for the replies. He was placed on a wheat free diet years ago. He has not seen his nutritionist is years. After some of the replies I had not thought to make an appointment with him until now. Thank you for that. I am currently at the moment searching for ways to show him the differences about eating health, regular exercise and the benefits and how overeating, not eating healthy and not getting much exercise affects us. He knows so much about our bodies and all of the types 0f systems. So i figured showing pictures and whatever else I can find will help things stick in his mind. He seems to display some OCD like behavior when taught things and so many things that he does has to be just so. I figured it will help giving him actual facts and make somehow fun or enjoyable for him. I will take defiantly be talking to his Dr and checking out the book recommended.
So one of the reason why these children are craving foods especially junk food is because they are nutrient deficient. Another reason is they might be on medication and certain medications makes them eat a lot. There are certain supplements that will help them curved the cravings. When you feed them nutrients dense food they will crave junk food less. Crowd in and crowd out. Meaning give them enough of the good foods and eventually they will crave less of the junky foods
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