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How to boost our child’s metabolism and food intake?

Updated on July 9, 2009

How to feed a child that refuses to eat?

I found the above hub question today while surfing hubpages for my 20-month-old daughter who sometimes refuses to eat and me and my wife have to force-feed her and this makes her cry.

This above question was asked by Pricessa, a fellow hubber, 2 years back. I saw and read three answers to this question and found them interesting. Then, I thought to do some more research on why our child refuses to eat all the time to find out some good medical reason for it. In my process of search, I found a good article, which has the mention of circadian rhythm relating to metabolism, so I thought to share some knowledge with you regarding that.

So first of all, in order to boost our child's metabolism and feed them the best, we should know what is circadian rhythm and what is its relationship with metabolism.

Understanding circadian rhythm to increase metabolism and feeding kids at proper timings when they are happy about it.
Understanding circadian rhythm to increase metabolism and feeding kids at proper timings when they are happy about it.
Now you do not have to force feed your kids
Now you do not have to force feed your kids

What is a circadian rhythm?

Circadian rhythm in layman terms is a biological rhythm or the human internal body clock that cycles in the human body over a period of twenty-four hours and is the regulator of timing for most of the physiological behaviors and functions inside our body such as eating, drinking, sleeping and other functions.

Each person has his/her own circadian rhythm. For some, it is early morning, for others it is noon and a few others it is evening when the metabolism picks up. (I read this in an article and went into further understanding of this). On further reading, I also came to understand that studies have proved that "circadian rhythm dominates all life functions".

Based on this, I felt that it is very important for us to closely observe our kids, gauge, and judge their metabolism and feed them accordingly. We can optimize their feeds by giving them their major meals of the day during this ‘peak-time'. This will benefit them more and may bring down fussiness. This will also help us refrain from "force-feed method" because I am sure at some point or the other, most anxious mothers end up doing this.

But I surmise that there are going to be a lot of practical problems to actually set a ‘Feeding Table' based on this.

Eg-1: A child who just has begun schooling may have his/her peak metabolism in the school hours and we are unable to take advantage of this.

Eg-2: A working mother may not really be available at this time.

Our cultural belief system and habits may also hinder this.

Each individual's internal clock is different

All of us have our "Peak-Time" based on our circadian rhythms, which occurs twice in 24 hours. This is the time when our mind is very alert and even bodily functions are at its peak. This time can be best utilized to do the most productive tasks of the day. Similarly, even our metabolism is at its peak at some time of the day.

Let me give some more clarity on this. In an online article, a parent had written on how her child fussed over food in the mornings and also mentioned that she eats pretty well in the evening hours. The nutrition expert explained about how metabolism and circadian rhythms are related and how knowing this one can feed the child best based on this. In this case, that particular child's peak metabolism was in the evening hours.

So my dear friends, I have got the answer to my question because I know now when to feed my daughter because after studying, I have found her peak-time for eating food, so lets discuss and list out some practical hiccups and come up with reasonable tips here via the comment section below. Lets focus on the ‘Peak-time metabolism' of our children so that all of us together discover on how to optimize on it and feed them in the best healthy way.


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      Kate 6 years ago

      thank you!

      i'd noticed some of this in my own life but now have the full picture.


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      Caroline Abreu 6 years ago

      Nice point at all!

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      jane del rosario 6 years ago

      im a working mom and i have a double shift schedule.. so from morning i'm sending my 3 yrs old daughter to her baby sitter. during this period my daughter is taking only formula milk until i come from work.. when im about to feed her she refused to eat and started to cry. how can i feed her if she's on her baby sitter most of the daughter is underweight but active. pls help me on this matter because i dnt knw hw can i apply this circardian rythym.

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      I get that completely, but I am a kid and I want to increase my metabolic rate because I was fasting so I lost weight then gained 4lbs now I am 84lb. I am just reasearching what foods me as a kid should be eating. Thanks for the infkormation though.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Kathleen, I am not able to get your point. I have not mentioned in the article, nor anyone has mentioned in the comments about breastfeeding, especially breastfeeding their 8 or 9 years old kids. I have heard this for the first time. If women are breastfeeding like this, it is definitely ridiculous. I have heard about women breastfeeding up until the age of two and a half years and that is fine.

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      kathleen 8 years ago

      im sorry i think that these mothers that breastfeed there children till they are 5-8-9years old have some sort of mental problems they realy should get some help it is rates to child molestation to me and the mother is sick and should seek help and i aso think that breast feeding is betweemn dr,s and mothers not for someone to give there opion every humasan being is different fin another means of talking things about other milk glands

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Shronika means A GOOD LISTNER and my name RAJINDER means KING OF KINGS.

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      Charia Samher 8 years ago

      Thank you! Btw what a lovely name "Shronika", I bet some of it came from your name lol!

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Charia. Thanks for the comment. It is working for my daughter, Shronika, and it will definitely work for your daughter. Go ahead. Best of luck.

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      Charia Samher 8 years ago

      I'm having the same problem ever since, hope this one will work for my daughter. Thanks! =)

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your valuable input Pricessa and ocbill. Yes checking and optimizing peak metabolim time of our kids will help us in feeding them in a better way.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice their peak metabolism times. good information

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      circadian rhythm? I think this is worth a try.

      Two years after I posted the question on how to feed a child that refuses to eat, I still have more or less the same problem. My child has grown up but still refuses to eat properly. I know that myself I have my own rythm and I can never eat in the mornings, so it makes a lot of sense to observe my child to see when are her pick times. thanks for the idea Soni.


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