Re: Food issues
How long has she been constantly hungry? Did this behavior begin at some point in time? If so, what event(s) may have been associated with this behavior. You need to be careful not to turn this into a game, one which she could win easily and often. Even if she doesn't get the food because you have locked it away, she has forced you into that behavior so she's in control. Without knowing too much about the history, I would suggest you consider this: First, give this approach a few weeks and see what happens. If it doesn't work, you can always stop it. Let her eat whatever she wants whenever she wants. Don't get upset, don't even think that she shouldn't be eating that much. Give her total freedom to eat what and when she wants. When she sees that you are no longer reacting in any way, she will stop, if her motivation is to get to you. Another part of this is to actually ask her to eat, present her with the foods - often. Right after a meal, offer her some more food. It must be genuine and you have to let her eat more if she wants. If she asks for a bag of potatoe chips, ask her if she wants two - and giver her two if she wants them. Ask her if she wants three! On the condition that she eats it then. But, your goal is actually to get her into the practice of refusing the (extra) food you offer her to eat, which she may do if you keep offering it to her. Assuming you get some responses you desire from this paradoxical approach, stop it anyway after a few weeks and see what behaviors ensue.