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Eating and Emotions in Obese Toddlers: Facilitating Self-Regulation

David Martin


Infants and young children have the ability to regulate their food intake according to their energy needs, and parents play an important role in facilitating their self-regulation. When overweight children learn to eat in accordance with feelings of hunger and fullness and learn to soothe themselves without eating, they will reduce their caloric intake and normalize their weight. In this article the author illustrates these principles in a case study of the treatment of a 2-year-old boy with morbid obesity. Read this free article now: