January 27, 2020

What to do if your toddler only eats junk food

There is a serious disease affecting thousands of Americans and their children. It’s not cancer, although that is clearly a serious plague throughout the world. The problem is obesity, and something like thirty percent of children in this country are obese. Why is this condition described as a disease? It might seem strange to talk about a little bit of weight as a disease, but the results of obesity are terrible health, and even death. Few people realize that obesity problems often start from an early age and could be easily avoided. Often children become obese at quite a young age as a result of eating junk food. However, as many of us know, it is extremely difficult to keep our toddlers from snacking on the worst stuff. I have often found mine with a mouth full of Oreos and a can of soda. I can’t imagine the sheer amount of sugar and calories involved. It is amazing with the type of things that these kids eat that they are not throwing up all the time. If  you have found your toddler with a mouth full of cookies and an open can of soda (or something like unto it) you probably want to find a way to get your child eating better. The problem, as it always is with toddlers, is that your child probably doesn’t want to stop, and they will let you know about it. Many toddlers throw terrible fits when they are not allowed to eat what they would like. What can you do to prevent them from eating junk food all the time?
The first thing to realize is that your child is probably eating junk food because you are feeding it to them or making it available to them. Your toddler does not realize that junk food is harming their body and could eventually kill them. If they can eat junk food they will do so, and they will develop addictions to it that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. If you can control the problem from the start you will do them a huge favor. If your toddler only eats junk food don’t give them the junk food to eat. Control their intake of sweets or other unhealthy food-use the junk food only when it is a reward so that they know that treats have a purpose. See if you can substitute some other food for the junk food. Perhaps there is a healthier alternative that will taste good to your toddler; try various treats and find some things that will work. Your toddler might throw a terrible fit at first, but when you forcefully disallow them from eating the junk food they will look for other alternatives. It will also be necessary to find ways to prevent them from getting the junk food from other sources. Those other sources could be friends, relatives, or school mates.
When your toddler throws a fit over junk food you should be firm. Don’t give in to their demands regardless of the terrible fit they throw. Explain to your toddler that eating junk food is bad for their body. Then help them to understand what kinds of foods will help them to be strong, health, and happy. Tell them that they will get a treat when they are willing to eat healthy food and act like a good boy or girl. You can also use these treats for necessary tasks like potty training, which is another one of those things that will take some patience.

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