My DD is 24 months old, almost 25. One thing I've been wondering about lately is that she seems downright obsessed with food. When she wakes up, I am greeted by a chorus of "It's time to eat! Let's eat breakfast NOW! Apples and sausage and <you get the idea>". One serving is never enough either... if you let her, she could eat adult male-sized portions of food. Sometimes if I tell her ahead of time 'One more serving and you're done' she will usually stop... that is, until she's asking for the next meal or snack.
I didn't used to worry-- I figured kids will eat what they want and have an innate sense of hunger/ fullness. But it's gotten worse rather than better, so it doesn't appear growth spurt related, unless she is in a perpetual growth spurt :/ The comments from friends and strangers on her appetite are also starting to get old.
It's gotten to the point that I have started measuring her food servings and trying to follow suggested 2-year-old diet charts on serving sizes, because she could easily put down 3x as much food without blinking an eye. As it is, we go slightly over what the charts recommend for proteins and veggies, but not fruits or grains.
In between meal times, she plays with toy food constantly and is almost always feeding her dolls, stuffed animals, or cooking, or pretending to eat the food herself -- you get the idea. She really seems quite fixated on eating.
She is not overweight yet, although her weight has steadily been creeping up on the growth charts. She is 85% for height, 80-something for HC, and was 80th% for weight at last appointment (previous to that, she'd been steady at 65th% or so for weight). She is tall and big for her age, at 35 inches and 29 pounds give or take a few ounces in either direction.
One other thing to mention: she has always been a good eater, ever since she started solid foods-- not picky, very adventurous, very interested in food, etc-- but it has gotten pretty intense lately. She is also on an elimination diet because of mystery food allergies, and so her current diet is somewhat limited but not extremely restricted given where we are on the diet (4 different fruits, 5 different veggies, 4 different grains, sweet potatoes and 3 different meats). She also gets fish oil, a multi-vitamin and some gut supplements for her allergies. Part of me wonders if an "obsession" is starting because of what she can't eat. Her diet is very healthy though -- no processed foods, no extra sugars -- the worst thing she occasionally eats is white rice :)
I guess I'm worried that we're setting her up for psychological food issues somehow, and I don't want to see her struggle with this. Am I overreacting? Thoughts? Or, any stories from other 'been there done that' moms whose kids were similar at this age but things turned out fine?