Ask an expert
Question

03 Aug 2010

9 yr old obsessed about food
Hi, I have a 9 year old daughter who normally during school terms are very active. Though now, during our summer vacation, she has become quite the sloth. Only wants to read, play in her room, or watch TV.
My concern is that she has become quite obsessed about food. We have never had issues and have been eating very healthy (GI diet). But she literally gets up from the table and starts planning what she wants for her next meal. She has gained some weight over the holiday because of this. I am scared of making a big issue of this, because of young girls getting eating disorders. But am now a little stumped in what to do and how to handle this.
Please help
Answer 522 views
Expert
DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Worried Mom
It is possible that your daughter's sudden obsession with food is due to underlying psychological problems, that may have emerged during the long summer vacation where she may have felt lonely and/or depressed. Seeking comfort in food is usually linked to psychological problems. It may be a good idea to have your lassie assessed by a child psychologist. Also try to get her involved with school activities again and sport so that she does at least 1 hour of physical activity every day. Exercise not only helps to control weight, but is regarded as one of the most valuable solutions to child overweight. You may need to arrange for her to join a gym, swimming classes, etc, to ensure that she can be an active, happy child again.
Best regards
DietDoc
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
32% - 9433 votes
No
68% - 19974 votes
Vote