(HealthDay News) -- Children need nutritious food to fuel their growing bodies. But as with adults, some kids may eat for emotional reasons, rather than out of hunger.
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The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these signs of emotional eating:
- Expressing a need to eat urgently, feeling shame or guilt about eating, or craving specific foods.
- Eating larger portions than usual.
- Eating at an odd time, such as in the middle of the night.
- Gaining weight rapidly.
- Sneaking extra food and hiding the packaging, especially when the child is stressed.
-- Diana Kohnle
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