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Old 01-20-2007, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

I have an 11 year old daughter that hides pops, candy, and even eats the cupcake decorative sugar. It has gotten to the point where it is sickening. I limmit her sugar when i am around but I can not be every where. What should I do to help her before she ends up with sugar problems?
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Old 01-21-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

It can be a bit of a funny balance I think. You can limit the sheer availability in the house, and monitor portions--but I also think that a lot of kids go through phases and naturally learn how to moderate their intake. So over controlling their intake can interfere with that. I had one of my girls obsessed with cookies. A whole package vanished and I found the box hidden. The hiding bothered me. I sat her down and said that if she wanted to eat the cookies--even all of them--then she should just do that and put the box in the trash bin. She was about 12 then, after that she seemed mush better at just having a little and not always wanting sweets. O)r maybe it was a coincidence and she just grew out of it. Amazing how many things we worry about do just some right with time
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Old 01-21-2007, 02:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

She is at an age where you can still tell her what she can and can't eat. I would save the desserts for after dinner and for special occasions.
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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

It is probably more than just a sugar addiction, although sugar is of course addictive. I had this problem with one of my girls. Often times children turn to junk food when they are upset about something. It could be that something is bothering your daughter and she is turning to the food for comfort. In my child's case she wasn't getting enough attention. I have four children, three of which or more agressive. My other child is quiet and very different from the others. She always seems content and happy but after sitting down and talking to her (about why she's sneaking food, etc.) she confided in me that she felt left out, that everyone received more attention than she did. Since I've started to make a real effort to give her extra attention, which sometimes means telling the others to quiet down and give her a chance in the spotlight. (I even had a "special me" day for her, and we had a party to celebrate her and all her great qualities) she has stopped the food sneaking and over eating. I would try to see if there isn't something upsetting your child. Hope this helps you,

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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

I would stop buying it altogether, to begin with. If she's only 11, it's not like she can stop at the store on the way home and buy a stash of pop, candy, etc. to hide under her bed. That might sound extreme, but that's exactly what I would do.

Aside from actual conventional sugary foods, things like sugar, syrup, icing, etc. that you would normally have in the house, maybe you could find a place to stash this so she doesn't know where it is.

I would also talk to the doctor for some ideas, because like others have said, there could be more to it than just a sweet tooth.

It's important to encourage her to try some alternatives and offer healthier snacks. If that is all that's available, she won't have a choice either way.
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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

I agree - where is she getting it all from in the first place. I wouldn't have it anywhere around for her to get into it.
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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

If I did have sugar in the house and my child was hiding and eating it I would either stop buying it altogether or I would definently be hiding it somewhere where I can control what she is eating while at home.
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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

What I find that the kids love is fresh fruit....its gives them the illusion that they are having sweets , which in a way is not far from the truth...while fruits are sweet, its healthy as well.
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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

It may be as simple as sitting down with her and sharing your concerns. Eventually we can't control our children's eating habits but we can explain to them what we feel is important and healthy. Personally, I wouldn't take all the sugar out of the house because it's not really addressing the problem head on.
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Default Re: What can you do about a child that is addicted to sugar.

Look into a book like: Little Sugar Addicts: End the Mood Swings, Meltdowns, Tantrums, and Low Self-Esteem in Your Child Today

My son has stolen change to get it since we don't have it in our home and he refuses to eat dinner and will choose to starve instead. The school system does not help and actually have candy as rewards in elementary school. I had typed a real long reply and it got lost so here is a short and sweet version.

I was appalled when I read the first several above responses; you do not have the control you think you do with a child that age unless you homeschool and are with them 24/7. I hate to see someone ask for help/idea over a real concern and see responses that make them feel like everyone thinks they are a bad parent and that's why they have the issue, or that the issue is not a genuine concern/problem. I wonder how many of them actually have children over the age of 6?
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