Many parents have at some time or another, been frustrated by their child’s eating habits. A study conducted out of Duke University estimated over 20 percent of children between ages 2 and 4 can be considered picky eaters. Within that group,18% are considered moderately picky and 3 percent could considered as severely selective. Their eating preferences limit their ability to eat with others. The researchers found children with both levels of selective eating habits, “had an elevated risk for depression, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety. These children were also found to be twice as likely as other children to have increased symptoms of generalized anxiety at follow-up visits.”
Parent and child conflict over food effects their relationship. Poor eating habits impact on social, educational, emotional and developmental growth of a child. Researchers theorize that these children may have heightened senses which could be impacting on their reaction to taste and smells of foods. click for more