Our expert says:
The teenage years are difficult because young people are busy exploring their world and its boundaries. However, not eating anything between breakfast and her belated 'lunch' at 4 pm, is not a good idea because a skipped meal tends to lead to overeating (which happens to your daughter every day). It may help to point this out to her and also mention that one cannot concentrate if the brain is starved of energy. So try giving her half the usual amount of food to take to school and challenge her to "keep her brain active" and "not to binge when she gets home". This does not mean that she can't have a mid-afternoon snack of fruit and low-fat yoghurt to prevent the 4 pm dip in blood sugar that happens to many people. Also find out if she is buying other snacks, cold drinks and food at school or on the way to school, or if she is being fed by her class mates. This could well account for her not eating her own lunches.
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