Well what I got from this article is that appetite is largely determined by genes followed by environmental and behavioural triggers.
There’s no risk of any obesity occurring in me or my kids because we are just naturally built very skinny and me and my girls have always had small appetites. Our ability to focus and get obsessed with topics of interest means that most of our waking lives are spent immersing ourselves in what we love doing. And that means food often always takes a back seat. I have to remind myself to eat regularly, basically, or I may end up skipping meals.
My son however is a different story. He eats and eats and eats. He’s always been like this as a newborn. He was a champion nurser. Although he gained weight and was considered happy and healthy, his weight never flew off the charts despite constant nursing. Today, he is an active 4.5 year old who is quite small and skinny of build compared to his peers. But he eats more than my 7 year old daughter on average. My 7 year old daughter is like me. She just never had a big appetite, and food is just not one of her interests. She has to be reminded to eat.
My son obviously got the skinny gene from my side. As for the voracious appetite, that’s from my husband. My husband has to watch his diet and exercise regularly to maintain his weight. He’s one of those people who doesn’t need to do much to gain muscle. He just has it. Me on the other hand, I have to work very hard to gain a tiny bit of muscle!
We are all different and we should try to acknowledge some things are beyond our control. Genetics for example. We can work with what we’ve got. I do not advocate fasting for the sake of a achieving a body shape that is only healthy if it is naturally like that (i.e. genetics). Forcing a naturally muscular or larger body build to be stick thin is very unhealthy. Fast because it’s healthy. And when you feel truly hungry, eat. And by truly hungry, I mean when your body is telling you it needs food. I don’t mean the kind of “hungry” where you are just bored or upset and food becomes a means for distraction from your boredom or worries.
Don’t fast past the boundaries of true hunger. Eat when your body really needs it.