A parent who is too strict with food, which is also called being restrictive, may limit access to unhealthy food like sweets or soda or may limit second helpings or portion sizes of food.
Children who experience this restriction may feel deprived. When this happens, a child may become overly focused on food, especially the food that is being controlled, like sweets. The child may sneak or overeat these foods when the parent isn’t around. Although the intentions are good, parents who restrict access to unhealthy food may set their child up for unhealthy relationships with food in the future.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, September 2020