There was an interesting article in the WSJ this morning about adult picky eaters.
Please check it out! Picky eating is one of the most common issues I help families with. As you see here, some kids don’t outgrow their picky eating. If you are concerned, read a book, get some help. (Child of Mine, or Secrets to Feeding a Healthy Family, both by Ellyn Satter.)
Are you an adult who only eats a handful of foods? Will you share with us, and maybe how you were fed as a child?
It was interesting that the adults in this article describe their picky eating habits starting in childhood. One of the moms in the article is so scared her daughter will pick up her poor habits that she breaks into sweats and pushes food/ sticker charts for eating more at breakfast… Can you guess where this is likely headed?
This is pretty sad on many levels. I would imagine that these adults were not fed well as children. Were they catered to, fed special food just so they ate something? Were they provided the opportunity to try new foods without pressure? Were they forced to try new foods or eat “two-bites” of everything? Were they not fed reliably at all and had to fend for themselves? I hope that the Duke study into adult picky eating will consider how these folks were fed as children. The next level that is heartbreaking is how terrified the one mom in particular was of “passing on” her feeding issues and how she has not been given the tools to begin to succeed.
Ellyn Satter wrote a short piece on helping adult picky eaters.
Tell me what you think…