Hungry or FullTeach children to listen to their bodies to know when they are hungry or full. As easy as this sounds, many people have lost touch with these basic feelings. Sometimes we eat not because we’re hungry, but because we’re thirsty, bored, tired, sad or mad. Other times we eat just because food is in front of us. If we offer children food when they’re sad or upset, they may learn to soothe themselves with food. If we get in the habit of eating for reasons other than hunger, it can lead to lifelong weight problems.
The best way to know if you’re really hungry is to ask yourself: Would I eat an apple? If you would, you’re probably hungry. If you wouldn’t eat an apple, you may be eating for a reason other than hunger. Offer your kids healthy snacks. If they turn them down, they’re probably not very hungry.