I am going to be in the care of my niece for a while. She is very overweight. No health conditions but shes given candy for good behavior, and eats mostly fast food, in addition to that she eats serving sizes larger than me. I haven't really dealt with this so I need advice. Would it be bad if I reduced her serving sizes to a typical toddler sizes, or would that be starving her? She is accustomed to about 2 burgers, fries, and soda. Would it be bad if I fed her like I feed my two year old in an effort to adjust her serving sizes, even if she says shes still hungry? Or can this harm her in some way? Or should I slowly reduce the meal size, or should I just continue to feed her just as much but make it organic, and fruits and veggies like we eat? She is almost 3.
Thanks everyone! I'm Gonna try the fruit, water and exercise with a normal 2 year old servings.
I think mostly the change in what she's eating will help. If you keep fruits and veggies available to snack on, along with water, she will probably never even miss the junk or smaller portion sizes at meals.
And omg...2 burgers, fries, and a pop?! Even I can't eat that much...I'm very overweight, myself!
I agree with the others. Not a diet per se but just a healthier lifestyle in general. Lots of water to drink should help the hunger urge. Fresh veggies for snacks. Whole grains for breads/pastas, etc. Also make sure they get plenty of outdoor activity time to help burn energy and calories.
You did not say how old niece was so if she is older than a toddler, you need to offer the appropriate portions for her age.