I have discovered that my 10 year old son is "sneaking" sweets;he leaves some in the container (I suspect he might eat it all if he thought it would go unnoticed). He does eat dessert daily-usually dark chocolate, TJs chocolate chips or homemade raw milk ice cream and also at functions/parties etc. When I realized what he was doing I put the treats on top of a cabinet and started sending the dessert to school in his lunch (he does feel somewhat deprived as I don't send the brand name junk food the rest of his class is eating though I will send olive chips, olive oil popcorn etc). Then I discovered he was climbing onto the counter tops and standing up to reach them! When I first discovered it and asked him if he thought he had a problem and if he could stop himself, he denied it being a problem. Then my husband bought some Newman-Os and then found almost the whole bag eaten (I don't know if all at once or not). When my husband asked him if he thought he had a problem, he said yes (but he may have said so to avoid getting in trouble from dad). I also just found out that he was bringing money to school to buy snacks in the cafeteria.
Does anyone have any advice on how I can ascertain whether this is a budding eating disorder, a sugar addiction or just normal kid behavior for child rebelling against a healthy diet (truth be told, even with the "bingeing", he probably does not consume more sugar than a child eating the standard american diet) ?
Also, if it is an eating disorder or sugar addiction, where could I seek outside assistance? I am concerned if I took him to an eating disorder counselor or traditional dietician, they would not understand why I won't buy him nutritionally bankrupt foods with gmos, additives, preservatives, msg, transfats etc. Would it make sense to bring him to a functional nutritionist instead??
Any advice would be appreciated!