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Does your child refuse to eat anything except hot dogs, chicken nuggets or pizza? If your child is a picky eater, you’re not alone.
Selective (or picky) eating is common in young children. Many kids will grow out of it. But some go on to form unhealthy habits into adulthood. With nearly one-third of American children overweight or obese, it’s important for parents to establish healthy eating habits in their children early on. Read our blog about helping your child overcome childhood obesity.
Getting your picky eater to eat healthy doesn’t have to be an insurmountable task. Here are some tips:
While your child’s picky eating can be frustrating and worrisome, remember that you are in charge. Your child is going through a stage that will eventually pass.
If you're concerned that picky eating is affecting your child's growth and development, talk to your child’s pediatrician. Sometimes picky eating is associated with symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and a visit to a professional counselor or food therapist can help.
Do you have any advice for parents of picky eaters? We would love to hear your thoughts in the below comments!
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