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    Has she always done this?

    I remember DSD and DSS used to do this around big 'treat' holidays- xmas, easter, valentine's day. As there was more junk around.

    DSS has always been like this with food, until a year ago- but was as happy with carrot sticks as he was with lollies.

    ETA: Not so much with asking other kids to ask their parents though. If he is at a friend's house he will ask the parent for food as much as he asks us. But at home, he asks us, not friends.

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    I'll be brutally honest- that's not normal in my opinion.
    Does she display any other behavioural issues?

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    I tend to agree that level of interest in food particularly junk food doesn't strike as normal for me, but my kids are on the play more eat less camp and always have been. Around 2 or 3 they are a bit lolly obsessed but by 5 no they aren't.

    Sorry not really sure what to suggest. Is she sorry or does she understand she shouldn't be asking her friends for treats? Just wondering whether she really can't control it.

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    My kids have all been through a similar phase, but very short lived. My nearly 5yo asks for junk food pretty regularly and gets told no pretty regularly too...but he still tries! For example he asks every single time he goes to Pops house for a chocolate ( because he has been given them in the past) Has she always do this or is it new? If new I would, just continue reminding her it's not ok to ask everyone for food, and ask your neighbors to always say no...hopefully soon enough she will catch on. If it's been going on a long time, and she's not learning, I would be more concerned.

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    My 6yo ds is a skinny mini so I can't say he's obsessed with food, but if he was at someone's house and he knew they had treats he *may* suggest to the child that they go and sneak the treats out.

    But would he go from house to house? No, definitely not.

    Is she having a growth spurt perhaps and needs the extra fuel? Maybe it's that, but instead of asking for good good or filling up at meal times, she's doing it all over the shop??

    My kids would eat lollies all day every day if they could, but probably not at the expense of play time.

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    I think it's totally normal. Sounds like she doesn't get treats very often so when she gets to have treat food she loves it and remembers it for next time.

    She's being a typical 5 year old who is asking for what she wants and is being stubborn by not accepting she can't have it.

    Just continue to teach her about those foods being sometimes foods / special occasion foods and be consistent with it.

    It's good that you stopped her from going this time. Now you can tell her if she does it again next time, she will miss out on 2 play dates and continue to say no when you don't want to give her 'treat' food.

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    Maybe she is legitimately hungry. Maybe pack her some snacks that she can take with her while she's playing.

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    Just wondering, have you ruled out worms? Couldn't hurt to worm her, just in case..

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