Hunger can be classified into two types namely emotional and physical. Physical hunger is the body’s way of indicating that it needs nutrients. Eating to deal with feelings is called as emotional hunger. It is normal to let your child experience either of these hunger once in a while.
Hunger scale can be used to know the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger. Once you get the hang of it, hunger scale can help you manage even your weight. Stay on a healthy weight by seeking the help of a nutritionist/dietitian at www.firsteatright.com who can guide you with the right foods to eat, the right time to eat and the right quantity of foods to eat.
Getting to Use the Hunger Scale
Every time before choosing something to munch upon, decide on your hunger quotient on a scale of 1 to 10:
· 1 means you are very, very hungry
· 5 means you are neither hungry nor full
· 10 means you feel completely satisfied
Once you start using the hunger scale, the numbers will start to mean something more after sometime. It usually takes a while to know what a 2 or 7 feels like. Ask your child to rate his/her hunger. Basically, the idea of this scale is to start eating when hunger is at level 2 or 3. These levels indicate that the child is eating because of physical hunger. Guide them to stop eating when he/she reaches level 7. At this point, hunger is satisfied and the person can get up and go for a walk.
Never let your child’s hunger level drop to 1. This may lead to overeating by your child as he/she is very hungry.
If someone succumbs to eat when their score is above 5, they are eating for emotional reasons. It is better to discover the feelings that are behind this desire to eat.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.