Fussy eating is a problem for many families around the world and now there are a lot of resources and materials that help parents of fussy eaters get over their neophobia (the phobia of trying new foods) and eat normally. However, in order for parents to be motivated and keep putting the same effort in feeding their fussy eaters, perhaps they need to know about the consequences this problem has on their kids’ health. Read on to find out more about the impact of fussy eating on health and why it is important to turn picky eaters into normal eaters.
To start with, many US eating disorder specialists have discussed for years the inclusion of fussy eating in the list of eating disorders. Indeed, fussy eaters are not such a concern as bulimic or anorexic people, but two scientific research projects (from 1990 and 2001) show that many fussy eaters have developed bulimia or other eating disorder later in their lives. By fussy eaters, the researchers understand not only about picky eating, but also about pleasant and unpleasant meals, amount of food eaten, speed of eating, struggles over eating and interest in the food eaten. However another research back in 1986 shows that out of 20 bulimic people only 2 were fussy eaters in their childhood. Therefore, it seems that many fussy eaters may develop bulimia over time, but not all bulimic people have been fussy eaters in their childhood.
Another important topic that needs to be discussed when talking about fussy eaters is the nutrition problems they may face. According to the specialists, the nutritional consequences for picky eaters may be sever, so it is important for parents to pay attention to this problem in order to improve their kids’ health. A study about the nutritional values achieved by fussy eaters divided a number of kids in three groups – neophobic (those who don’t like trying new foods), average and neophilic (those who like trying new foods), and their diets were closely monitored. The results show that fussy eaters intake as much essential nutrients as the other children and meet their daily DRI/RDA levels. However, their diet is of a lower quality, their food is less varied and they intake more saturated fats, all of which can have very severe consequences later in life if not taken into consideration and treated. While the natural way of children development rarely allows for a difference in the height or weight of kids – fussy eaters or not, the case may be different for older children who have not got over this problem.
To cut a long story short, while the study results do not agree to a great extent, there is evidence that fussy eating can be a big problem for our kids’ health. In many cases, fussy eaters outgrow the problem naturally, but sometimes that is not enough and parents need to try and change their kids’ diet via Simple Recipes For Kids. A good idea is to try some of the healthy Kids Meal Ideas, tricks and tips on the web and if that is not enough, seek professional help. Anyway, even if nothing helps with your kids’ fussy eating, don’t panic – they are still getting adequate nutrition you have no reason to worry and sure enough, there is a strategy that will help you introduce them to the most important Food Groups For Kids. Good luck!