Do You Have A Picky Eater?

My 7-year-old daughter is an extremely picky eater. I’ve been covering health and nutrition as an editor at Parents for many years, and her limited daily diet makes me frustrated and sad. But as I have learned, getting into power struggles over food is a losing battle. And even gentle encouragement to “just taste it” rarely works with my child. I have hoped that she will outgrow the picky phase most young children go through, but now that I have read this eye-opening article on myths about very picky eaters in our March issue, I think she has neophobia—a genuine fear of new foods. Call it Picky with a Capital P. When we were working on this piece, we asked Parents Facebook fans about their own picky eaters, and we were overwhelmed by the response. “I have the pickiest eater ever!” many of you exclaimed. Unfortunately, experts say there is not a quick fix for Picky eating, but the key is to change your own attitude toward your child’s mealtime refusals and help him gradually feel comfortable with new dishes. Let us know what other strategies have worked for you.

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