These hunger & fullness charts are intuitive eating tools for children to teach them how to get in tune with their internal hunger and fullness cues.
This product comes with a total of 3 hunger and fullness charts, each with different illustrations and texts to appeal to a wide variety of children’s interests. The illustrations include:
- Volcanos (from no lava to eruption indicating hunger and fullness)
- Construction workers (from overly hungry to overly full)
- Dolls (from overly hungry to overly full)
The illustrations are simple and intuitive, making them easy for young children to understand. They are also appropriate for folks with low literacy or who cannot read, such as people with autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities.
The graphics are colour coded based on a stoplight system. The extreme hunger and fullness ends are red to indicate uncomfortable sensations, the inner two graphics are yellow to indicate approaching discomfort, and the middle graphic is green to represent a comfortable amount of fullness.
Each circle inside the illustrations represents a stomach with varying levels of emptiness and fullness (which is coloured green). You can use these graphics and the text descriptions to teach kids about hunger and fullness. You can ask them to point to which image best describes how they feel in the moment and they can then practice at home with their parents. This is great for teaching kids intuitive eating or mindful eating skills.
The reason I created these hunger & fullness charts was because I work with a lot of pediatric clients and I couldn’t find any good hunger scales online that were kid-friendly. One of my clients told me that their child loves construction workers and volcanos which was the impetus for creating these.