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9 year old will not eat
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Anon_238566 posted:
Hi, I have a 9 year old stepson who will not eat unless we make him. Every day after school he will run to a friend's house or his aunt's house to find out what they are having for dinner before he asks us because he wants to make sure he gets to eat what he wants. He only likes a limited amount of junk food which he gets at his mother's house, but he lives with us most of the time and we eat very healthy most nights. Most people say a child will not starve themselves, but he does! He even lies and says that he has already eaten somewhere else just to get out of dinner, even if we have something he likes. When he does eat, it is very little. I try to fix things that I know he will eat and he still refuses most times. Since I am not his actual parent there's not a lot I can do and my husband and the child's mother do not seem as concerned as I am. I guess my question is, is this the start of a serious eating disorder and what can I do to prevent it from getting worse?
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momuv4girls responded:
My daughters nutritional therapist recommended I read this book, and it is fantastic !!!

I personally think its a must read for anyone, but in your situation I think you will find it extra helpful.

http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Feeding-Healthy-Family-Orchestrating/dp/0967118921

Good luck, this sounds like a hard situation, but I honestly think the book will help.
Take care,
-Kathleen
 
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mytreysonz responded:
For any parent its a tough decision and for you its harder. I have a similar situation with my boys, but they are teenagers and very picky. Either they don't eat what I cook so then food goes to waste or they just raid pantry and wont a decent meal.
Your son wont starve. Try to be united with your husband on how you handle it. If you are overruled everytime the boy with work you 2 against each other. Then you lose.
Maybe your doctor can help by explaining the nutrition facts to him and he should eat better now before he gets older.
Just an idea. Good luck.


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