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Picky eating is a part of growing up, showing independence - The Galveston County Daily News: Health

December 11, 2016

Picky eating is a part of growing up, showing independence

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

Almost every child goes through a stage where he or she is picky about food. You can’t force a child to eat, but luckily picky eating usually improves as a child gets older. It can be frustrating when your child wants to eat the same thing every day or suddenly decides that he or she hates food they have been eating constantly for the last few weeks — but it’s not uncommon.

A child’s growth slows down considerably after the first year, and their body requires fewer calories. Often children develop a taste for certain foods that they will want to eat often and then suddenly they don’t want it anymore. Children establish a certain amount of independence through meal time because once they start feeding themselves, they can choose what they are going to eat. Their refusal to eat what you put on their plate might actually have less to do with the food and more to do with the need to show independence and test your authority. Pressuring your child to eat certain foods could backfire. 

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