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A 24-year-old female asked:

Can starving a child make them wanna eat more because they like to waist food ? or is it not good for them .

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Starving a child is : Child Maltreatment Syndrome-Abuse. Put a tbsp. of each food/yr. of age on the child's plate, then allow seconds at 3 scheduled sit-down, pleasant family meals & 2 snacks/ day. Don't buy junk food or soda. Nagging or punishing reinforces a child's food refusal. Review child's growth curves & BMI with pediatrician & seek referral to a behavioral therapist if you're considering starving your child.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Provided original answer
You can't " make" a child eat, sleep or pee & poop in the toilet. You're giving your child a lot of power by teaching him or her that he or she is eating to please you, rather than to live & grow in a healthy way. You may need to explore your reasons for concern about food wastage with an individual therapist in order to relax so mealtimes are pleasant, healthy & nurturing for the whole family.
Aug 25, 2014
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Poor thought: Please never give credit to a small child for adult thinking.They are not little big people.The first year they get all their needs met by adults which makes them feel like kings/queens.As they get older you may want them to "behave" and do what you want but they still think you serve them.They learn to be respectful / behave gradually if you respect & help them.Your suggestion could lead CPS to u

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