Eating (me) habit

“Don’t Touch My Feeling of Satisfaction”

The first condition for giving children a proper nutrition habit is the mother’s adequate and balanced nutrition during pregnancy. Because there are research results that reveal that the feeding patterns of babies begin while they are still in the mother’s womb. For a healthy eating habit, the mother’s healthy nutrition during pregnancy determines what the child may encounter in the next years of his life.

A child whose mother does not have adequate and balanced nutrition during pregnancy; The results of the research show that the risk of catching many diseases such as heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, etc. is much higher than that of children whose mothers have an adequate and balanced diet. One of the most common complaints of mothers is that their children do not eat. Problems with not eating mostly occur after 1-2 years of age.

The egocentric structure and the search for independence in the child began to manifest itself through the choice of food. During these periods, the child begins to choose the food to be eaten, to object to some meals, and sometimes to oppose the act of eating. Undoubtedly, the influence of mothers’ attitudes in the formation of this is not undeniable.

Many mothers complain about this when they take their child to the doctor or psychologist. According to many mothers, the child does not eat anything (!). However, in the evaluations and measurements, it is seen that this is not the case, and that the child has normal developmental values. However, the mothers stated that this situation was caused by their own compulsion, and that the child would not eat anything(!) without their own compulsion (as if the child was going to die of hunger!)

In addition, scientific data has shown us that everyone can be satisfied with food as much as their fists. In other words, when we look at the physiology of the job, it means a meal that will eat as much as a fist. It’s hard not to shiver(!) when we think about the size of the fists of the children.

Mothers do not even think that such problems stem from their attitudes like this. A child with this type of mother usually does not have the opportunity to voluntarily eat. What can a child who is constantly stuffed into his mouth, not asked for his opinion about whether he is hungry, whose stomach depends on the size of his mother, who is constantly chased to eat, who is fed on a tray in front of the TV, who is tried to be tricked with fairy tales or various prizes, and who eats, even if he does not have eating problems? ? (But I think we shouldn’t be angry with mothers. After all, they grew up seeing similar behaviors from their mothers.)

It seems that mothers need to reconsider their eating behavior. In fact, by saying the above, we got an idea about what not to do. Now let’s see what we can say about the things to watch out for.

First of all, it is necessary to be aware of the individual differences of children. Every child is unique. Almost every child can be picky about various foods. Instead of persistence, it always works to give another nutrient that can replace the food the child refuses to eat. Moreover, it is much more effective to do this by consulting the child, that is, by giving him the freedom to choose. We must not forget that giving a choice is a substitute. .

In addition, eating should be done at the same times unless there is a serious condition. Nothing can replace a pleasant and family meal in a quiet environment. The food eaten collectively affects the child’s subconscious. “You are also part of this family; here you are in peace and security; Eating is an extremely enjoyable job, etc.” encodes messages. In order to support this; Attention should be paid to behaviors such as having nice conversations during the meal, not being interested in television, newspaper, etc., and not talking about the problems at the table, if any. The act of eating together also allows the child to model the eating styles of adults and to learn the rules of the table.

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It should be kept in mind that there may be loss of appetite in children from time to time, as in adults. In such cases, it is more rational to investigate why the child exhibits rejection behavior rather than persistence. For example, a fearful event or a nightmare he has experienced may cause a decrease in appetite in the child.

One of the sine qua non of a healthy eating habit is the feeling that the child is hungry, preparing the ground for him to express it, and feeding the child after these processes. Feeding the child frequently and without getting hungry undermines the development of his sense of hunger. At the same time, this results in the child losing self-control over when to eat, which can therefore lead to the risk of obesity.

Pressure and insistence on the child to eat often backfires (as with many other things). In this case, the child begins to develop a negative attitude about eating over time. He may express that he does not want to eat at the current meal, as well as get into tantrums, keep the food in his mouth for a long time, sit at the table for hours and still not eat the food. Apart from this, even if he eats the food for that meal -even unwillingly-, this problem is experienced again in the next meal and can continue in all meals in a vicious circle.

One of the biggest mistakes made about feeding food is to feed the child in front of the television. In this case, since the child’s attention is completely on the television, he will eat without understanding what he eats, how much he eats, whether he is full or not. This is a condition that can continue in the later years of the child’s life and is one of the main causes of obesity.
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Practical Advice

Do not insist if the child does not want to eat.

Offer another food that can be a substitute for a food that is not meant to be eaten, and do this with the child’s opinion.

Never compare a child to another child in terms of food (and everything else). Because every child has different characteristics.

Eat as family as possible.

Take care not to talk about negative situations during the meal.

Never eat or feed in front of the television.

Try to be a good model for your child when it comes to food.

If your child has reached the capacity to eat for the sake of physical maturity (which is around 2-3 years old), give him the opportunity to eat on his own.


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