Picky Eater? Severe Selective Eating Linked to Depression
A lot of kids are picky eaters, but for some it’s not a trivial problem. Surveys of nearly 1,000 children ages 2 to 6 and their parents revealed that about 20 percent were “selective eaters” who ate only certain preferred foods. About 3 percent of all participants had severe cases of selective eating, which interfered with social activities. Those kids were about twice as likely to have depression or social anxiety as normal eaters. Not all kids grow out of the problem without help, so if you’re worried about your child’s eating habits, it’s a good idea to consult his or her pediatrician.
Source: Pediatrics, published online Aug. 3, 2015