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how to help Down Syndrome girl/obese/thyroid/prediabetic/age10.9 yo

Posted April 9, 2013 - 11:28am
we have heard much about something inherent with Down syndrome and lack of whatever triggers feelings of being full. we do not know if there is a test for determining if one has this challenge or not but it appears this is present.

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Hi! I've learned that children with Down Syndrome have a lower basal metabolic rate than their non-disabled peers, they burn fewer calories while they are at rest. However, when they are engaged in active exercise, they burn about the same number of calories.  I also found a few tips to help deter them from overeating.

  • Compliment the child when he turns down second or third helpings.
  • Talk about how foods taste (quality versus quantity).
  • Try not to comment on the amount of food eaten by the child’s siblings or peers.
  • If the child with Down syndrome is focused on his siblings’ intake, explain that different people need different amounts of food.
  • Don’t try to frighten or bribe the child into eating less.
  • Encourage physical activity.
  • If the child complains often of hunger, ask him to rate hunger on a scale of 1 to 5. Ask him to wait a little longer if he is only a little bit hungry.
  • Teach the child about different serving sizes.
  • Begin to teach the youngster about nutrition labels and food content.
  • Medlen also emphasizes that it’s not appropriate to use food as a reward for good behavior, or for learning a new skill.