Still in its infancy, the study is looking for volunteers who identify themselves as "picky eaters." They must be 18 years and older and not have a medical condition, food allergy, current pregnancy or any other medical problems that affects eating." Could picky eating be a greater issue?
With the study still in its infancy, the data doesn't exist yet to say definitively. However, some experts say that's unlikely. "I think that's a little over generalized to say that just because someone is picky when they are little that they are going to develop an eating disorder," says Jodi Krumholz, RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition at The Renfrew Center of Florida, who is not involved in the study. As for picky eating as an eating disorder itself? Krumholz doubts that as well. "Picky eating is a very, very common thing with children."
For parents with a picky eater, meal time can be a challenge. Krumholz says that it's important not to overreact, such as by trying to control the food their kids eat.
For younger picky eaters, Krumholz says that hiding nutrition in foods is okay. But as kids get older, that can lead to serious problems. "I feel like as they get older that really leads to trust issues," says Krumholz.
Looking for some foolproof ideas to help you feed your picky eater? Krumholz offered these techniques for dealing with your picky eater: