Signs of Overeating Syndrome include:

  • As infants, they often drink larger amounts of milk than recommended by the pediatrician.
  • They are excessively preoccupied with food and eating.
  • They are prone to eat in the absence of hunger when exposed to palatable food.
  • They eat at a faster rate and often stuff food in the cheeks when eating.
  • They have poor awareness of satiety (fullness) and enjoy food so much that they do not recognize when they are full and need to stop eating.
  • They seek excessive amounts of food during meals and take food from others.
  • They talk about food and seek food between meals.
  • They seek food when they are emotionally stressed, and rely on drinking and eating to regulate their emotions.

Please consult Feeding Guidelines and Limit Setting for initial guidance.


Chatoor, I. (2007), Eating and Emotions in Obese Toddlers: Facilitating Self-Regulation. Journal of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, 28: 37-41.