Ok, so this sounds like possibly the stupidest question ever, I know, but all my son (3y 4m) does is eat, eat, eat. He's not fat, in fact, he's tall and skinny for his age. At first I just blamed it on a growth spurt, or maybe not enough snacking at preschool for an active boy, or maybe he was too busy to eat snack. But he's been to 3 different schools since this started which I swear was the end of last summer, and most recently was at Montessori where the kids can self-serve snack whenever they want. His teachers tell me he often had 2 helpings and would still sometimes try to steal food from his friends! At this school also we bought lunch and I know it was a well-balanced offering with good protein. Snacks are often things like apple wedges and pretzels.
At dinner yesterday he had 5, yes _5_ helpings of spaghetti and some french bread (not a lot, he loves anything with tomato-based product on it). He ate as much as me and my daughter combined. Tonight we had a treat and went to McDonalds (mostly so my kids could run around and exhaust themselves 'cause I'm coming down with a cold and wanted a break). He had a kid-sized hamburger, kid-sized fries, apple slices, his juice box, some of MY fries, 8 leftover chicken nuggets, and half a chocolate chip cookie. This is on top of the 2 apple wedges, 8 or 10 crackers, and 2 carrot sticks he ate in the car on the way there. Incidentally, he was super-cranky also had 3 near meltdowns while we were ordering, but his mood improved massively after he started eating.
Now, sometimes he'll say he's hungry (lately he'll actually say, "I'm STARVING!!") and not eat what I give him, but his refusal is usually actually tied to his not really liking the food on offer (for example, he doesn't like those animal crackers from the Target dollar zone--I have a bag in the car that's been there forever because he will NEVER eat those things).
This eating thing is constant enough that on a couple occasions lately when he hasn't been hungry, he's come down sick the same day.
So I know, kids can be hungry, they can have growth spurts, but this has been going on for months. Is it possible there's something WRONG with him?? I almost want to take him to the ped, but I'm afraid she'll laugh at me.