but you did see that my son does self regulate, and I was simply saying that IF he started to suddenly just eat all those treats behind my back I MIGHT resort to that? If my child suddenly started raiding the fridge as my brother and sisters and I did, I cannot really say what I would do. We teach them everything we can, but at some point they may just do what they WANT instead of what you have taught them, and I don't know about you, but I think it's important to respect the rights and needs of the rest of the family, too.
No, I didn't; my apologies. I saw the portion where you said you would lock up the fridge like your parents did if your child started sneaking food. I think it is important to respect the needs and rights of all family members but I would seriously have to question why my child is sneaking food, especially healthy foods like the apple that the OP's son had.
For the OP:
As a point of reference, my four-year-old is going through a growth spurt and ate in one day this week:
Breakfast - 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1 whole English Muffin with preserves
On the drive to school - sausage, egg, and cheese on a biscuit with OJ (Dunkin Donuts)
Snack at school
Lunch - Homemade "Lunchable"
He was dying for a Lunchable "'cause that's what Bailey brings" so ham and cheese and some crackers; also 1 cup strawberries and kiwi, 1/2 cup green peppers and 1 carton of milk
Snack at school
Snack after school - Doughnut from the morning trip and milk
Dinner - steak with asparagus and mushrooms
Also he drinks about 20 ozs of water throughout the day; he has his own water bottle that goes to school with him.
He's in the 97th percentile for weight (plumping up for his growth spurt) and 95th for height. He's not slender but not stocky either; he's proportional height and weight-wise but he's just big. He always has been; 10 lbs, 11 ozs at birth. ;-)