3 reasons why children become light eaters during their growth period and how to prevent it

2016.06.30

Many mothers take the time out of their busy schedules to provide their families with healthy food options on a daily basis.

Mothers of young children are especially sensitive when their children do not eat the food on their plate.
This is not only because the homemade food was made with love but also because they want their children to be healthy and grow.

However, some young children do not sit down and eat the food on their plate even though they should be hungry.
Why do some children grow up to be light eaters and others heavy eaters?

The meals are too late for them

Although there are various reasons why children are light eaters, one common reason is that meals are held according to his/her parents’ schedule. When both parents work, by the time everyone gets home from work and afterschool activities, dinners end up being held when children are already tired.

In this case, some children even end up falling asleep when their mom is preparing dinner.
Since it is often difficult to change one’s daily schedule, parents often need to be creative.

Instead of waiting for everyone to sit down for dinner, it is sometimes a good idea to give young children something small like a rice ball or banana to keep them going or feed them their dinner first.

On weekends and holidays, when schedules are more flexible, it is important to eat as families but during the week when it is not possible it is OK to feed young children first.

They had a lot of snacks during the day

Young children have small stomachs so the amount of food they can eat in one sitting is limited. As a result, they need to have snacks during the day to receive the nutrients required for growth.

However, it is important to consider whether the snacks they eat have too many calories or are too filling. Many store-bought snacks have a lot of sugar and fat in them and are not good choices for younger children.

If young children eat too many high-calorie snacks they are more likely to not be hungry for regular meals.
Even if they are not eating sweets, young children who drink a lot of milk may also lose their appetite for meals.

If you are worried that they are not eating enough of their meals, please take a look at which snacks you are feeding your child.
The reason they are not eating meals on a particular day may because they had too much snack.

They did too much or not enough exercise

Moving their bodies around and playing sports is a very healthy way to encourage children’s growth. As with adults, when children move around a lot during the day they are more likely to work up a bigger appetite.

This is because when we move our bodies around our stomachs work to fully digest the food we eat and turn it into energy.
However, sometimes children do not play outside but instead go to lessons like swimming or gymnastics.

When children are over-tired, their bodies work hard to relieve the tiredness rather than increase their appetites.
If children are not hungry after they exercise, it is important to confirm that they are doing the appropriate amount of exercise for their age.

Parents are often worried when their children are light eaters.
However, the reason behind it is often quite obvious.
It is hard for young children to control their eating so it is important that parents are there to supervise.

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