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Q&A:
Will I trigger an eating disorder if I limit my toddler's food intake?

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My daughter is 26 months old and in the 100th percentile for weight and 60th percentile for height. I am concerned with her weight: She weighs 35 lbs. and is always eating or wanting to eat. Am I beginning an eating disorder by limiting her food intake?

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Your daughter will regulate her own intake and reach an appropriate weight unless you interfere. Then you will have food games, struggles, and battles on your hands that will lead to long-term eating problems. Your job is to provide healthy choices for her — three meals and three snacks a day. If these are filled with sugar, fats, or extra salt, she'll gain too much weight. However, the biggest culprits for extra weight gain in little kids are too much milk (more than 32 oz. a day) and too much juice (more than 6 oz. a day). If your daughter is overdosing on milk and juice — and she will be if she is still on the bottle — then that is where you need to step in and set limits. Don't try to stop her eating; just be sure that her only choices are healthy ones.  
 
 
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