Is your child an emotional eater?
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Chris: Hi welcome to this week’s Facebook live. We’re going to be talking about emotional eating, specifically, are your kids’ emotional eaters? But first, I want to thank everybody that watched our video last week. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, you can find it down below. It’s also on our YouTube channel and it’s also on sheriandchris.com. One more thing before we get started, I wanted to make this more interactive. Sheri and I both did. So, what we did is we created a quiz to help families out. And if you go to sheriandchris.com/quiz you’re going to be able to take that quiz specifically targeting your kids and seeing if they are emotional eaters. The other thing I want also comment. Let us know how we did today or things that you want to learn about. That will help us with putting together our next live event. And if you like it please hit the like button and if you think it’s important enough to share with your friends please do that. You ready Sheri, did I miss anything?
Sheri: No I don’t think so. So, I just want to talk about some emotional eating stats. A recent study found that over 50 percent of elementary school children eat because of emotions and it’s not specifically for hunger and they eat cause of negative emotions, boredom, stress, sadness but also for positive emotions like happiness and satisfaction. For example, when parents take their kids out to eat after a sporting event. Until the age of three I don’t know if you knew this but kids only eat when they’re hungry and after that it becomes a learned response to eat based on emotion. In one University of Nebraska study they found that moms when they’re dealing with stress and anxiety this can have a direct influence on a child’s tendency to be an emotional eater which is pretty interesting.
Chris: All right so one of the things that we want to point out you know what are the don’ts what shouldn’t you do as a parent so you don’t have children influenced by what you’re doing. And basically, this happens a lot with parents and Sheri and I see it all the time and hey we’re probably guilty of it too raising our three daughters. When they’re younger you know, you start building the tendency to distract them with food. Right? You’re going through you’re carrying a bag of goldfish with you, they start acting up in the supermarket, Here, eat something! You know you just want to get it over with. In the car, the same thing you know you reach in the back seat when they’re in the car seat and you just give them something to eat to you know basically get them under control.
Sheri: As a bribe, basically.
Chris: And that’s the other you don’t want to bribe your kids as they get older with food and you see this a lot. You know hey if you get your homework done I’ll get your favorite dessert. You know there should be other options to motivate kids other than food. And then some of the other things that go on is parents many times without knowing it say a lot of negative things and reference food. So, let me give you an example. They get home from work like today was so stressful. You know I deserve this ice cream sundae, things like that. The kids will pick up on it and they’ll start doing the same. They’re going to copycat.
Sheri: Some of the dos with emotional eating, you want to set a good example. We were just saying as Chris had pointed out You need to be a good role model. If you are connecting emotions with food, then ultimately your kids will pick up on that habit. You want to teach other outlets, music, art, physical activities are great in replacement for when they have emotional eating tendencies. Teaching them other outlets so they know how to cope better with dealing with their emotions. If your child’s not an athlete, go have them go walk the dog or ride a bike, call a friend. Those are all really great ways to help them with coping with everyday issues instead of reaching for food. One thing you can do right now is make sure the food in your house if you find your child is an emotional eater at least have them eating the right foods and reaching for foods that are going to give them nutrition. So instead of these foods having them on hand when your child has an emotional tendency to eat, have these foods on hand, homemade trail mixes. Fruit, cut it up. Make sure it’s available so that at least at the very least they’re connecting good food with emotions versus this kind of food that does not provide much nutrition.
Chris: Because the junk food you know as addictive properties within it. So, you should have it out of the house anyway. So really want also want to mention is if you don’t head this off at the pass right now you know if you don’t take care of it now they’re going to become one of those statistics that we always talk about you know 90 to 95 percent of people fail at weight loss. So how do you stop that statistic? You take care of things early. You know you don’t have you know you help the kids work through these bad habits that they’ve started. And also, they’ve probably learned from their parents so they should also you know parents should also be working through this too. So, I think that covers today’s topic. Remember go to sheriandchris.com/quiz. Take the quiz. See how your family is doing. And again, please if you like this video like it down below. Share it with your friends if you find that they it may help them. And please comment. Give us some feedback on how you think we did. Other topics you’d like us to cover. If there’s something specific that you learn from this that you’re going to move forward with, with your family. Again, thanks for watching and we’ll see you next week.
Sheri: Thanks, Bye.