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Eating Food Rich in Calories Which Your Children Need, But You Don´t

Abstract: In my family I am the only one who is overweight. My children are slim. I need to slim and my children go short of the calories they need. What shall I do?

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Eating Food Rich in Calories Which Your Children Need, But You Don´t

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 23 Jul 2008.

In my family I am the only one who is overweight. My children are slim. I make good food which is rather rich in calories to ensure they get enough. However, the food is so attractive that I often eat up most of it. As a consequence I need to slim and my children go short of the calories they need. What shall I do?

Answer:

Those who are naturally slim behave in a different way from those who are overweight, in the presence of food. The naturally slim only eat what the body needs. When their nutritional requirements have been met they are satisfied.

For those who are overweight, their sensations of hunger and satisfaction are greatly affected by other things than the body's actual needs, e.g, if the food is delicious and tempting they continue to eat. However, it is also easier for them to refrain from eating if it is not, and this situation can be used to solve your problem. Make delicious low calorie wholesome food which you can eat plenty of without gaining weight. At the same time serve less attractive high calorie food which doesn't attract you. In this way you confine yourself to the delicious food, but the children can eat both. In my family we make tasty salads and soups for everybody and serve plain bread or rice to those who need more calories.

You needn't worry that the children won't eat enough, because they will go on eating until satisfied. Naturally slim people always eat what they require without having to think about it.

People with an overweight problem have difficulty in regulating their eating so that it follows the body's needs. It is therefore important that this difficulty is not passed on to the next generation; but by providing a diet consisting of delicious low calorie wholesome food and less attractive calorie rich food you reduce the risk that your children will take it over.

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