Conclusion: Findings suggest that health care providers should intervene at even moderate levels of selective eating. This can be associated with impairment in function and should now be diagnosed as avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, an eating disorder that encapsulates maladaptive food restriction, which is new to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.
- followed more than 900 children between the ages of 2 and 6 for an average of three years.
- when eating preferences make it difficult for the child to eat with others, that could be a sign of more serious sensitivities,
- 20% of the children were picky eaters, meaning they either ate only a restricted number of foods or could not eat with others because of their limited range of food preferences.
- Only about 3% fell into the latter category of severe selective eaters. Those children were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or social anxiety.
- Even children in the moderately picky eating group were more likely to show symptoms of depression, social anxiety or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder compared to children who weren’t picky eaters.
When A Child’s Picky Eating Becomes More Than A Nuisance : NPR
Here’s Why You Should Take Your Child’s Picky Eating Seriously | TIME
What Picky Eating Might Mean for Children Later – WSJ
Picky eating in kids could be sign of bigger health concerns – CBS News