The battle at the dinner table may be a battle with genetics. There is a growing body of research that shows picky eating is inherited… and can be passed down from generation to generation. That’s according to the Behavior Genetics Association.
The belief is that picky eating is a food phobia. Professor Fred Coolidge with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs says, “It’s a fear of unknowns, but for food.”
That phobia is then passed on to your child.
So, how do you fight millions of years of evolution? You really can’t.
Professor Coolidge says, “That isn’t going to happen. But you can change the environment such that the environment becomes more friendly.”
Here are the four tips he recommends:
1. Don’t force them to eat (because that doesn’t make anyone happy)
2. Keep exposing them to new foods (and be aware that it may take 9 or 10 times before they finally try it)
3. Be a good role model (remember, you’re kids are watching you)
4. And most importantly, have a sense of humor about it (after all, it’s just)
You only need to worry about picky eating if it causes problems with your child’s growth. But those cases are extremely rare. It’s also very likely your child will grow out of their pickiness eventually anyway.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.