Many nutrition experts agree that a better understanding of and respect for hunger and fullness cues can support overall wellness. Unfortunately, many factors can make these cues difficult to “hear.” Things like stress, marketing, poor body satisfaction and feeling rushed can distract us from listening to these cues.
Use this page as a guide to start conversations about hunger and fullness cues with students:
- Ask students where they feel hunger and fullness. How does their body communicate? We often talk about the stomach’s connection to hunger and fullness but there is so much more! Use the table below as a guide. Keep in mind that people experiences hunger and fullness differently.
2. Ask students what hunger and fullness feel like. Good or bad? This question can start a conversation about different types of hunger. It might feel good to feel a bit hungry before you sit down to a meal but it would feel bad to be ravenous. Similarly, it might feel good to be comfortably full after a meal, but bad to be so full your stomach hurts.
Discussion Questions: Use these questions to start a conversation about hunger and fullness with your students.
- What does it feel like when you are very hungry? Where do you feel it?
- What does it feel like when you are somewhat hungry?
- What does it feel like when you are content? How do you know?
- What does it feel like when you are comfortably full?
- What does it feel like when you are very full? Where do you feel it?