According to wsj new study has found that cases of selective eating also known as picky eaters were associated with symptoms of anxiety and depression in later years. Moderate cases also were associated with symptoms of separation anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, followed more than 900 children between the ages of 2 years and up to 6 for an average of three years.
But the study didn’t prove that picky eating leads to any psychological symptoms at least for now. And the researchers also stated that some of the associations mentioned above weren’t that strong. Still, the study still focuses more attention on a serious issue faced by parents and doctors, said Leann Birch, a professor of nutrition at the University of Georgia, who wasn’t involved in the study.
“It brings up a lot of interesting issues in terms of the fact that [selective eating] might have long-term consequences,” she said.The study also found that severe picky eaters were more likely to have an actual diagnosis of depression or social anxiety later in life.
Funny enough many young children show signs of selective eating except for mine, they eat virtually everything and am happy I can’t just imagine having a picky eater in my home, but most children initially will reject foods unless they are sweet that I know for sure. While most outgrow their pickiness, some 12% of children keep it up for years, previous research has shown.
She said more interventions need to be developed that address the heightened sensory sensitivity that many of the children in the study had to food and other factors in their environment, including textures, smell and light. Such children can find those sensations overwhelming, she said.
“The problem that pediatricians face is that selective eating is so prevalent in kids,” Dr. Zucker said. “Some of them will grow out of it, that’s absolutely true. But let’s learn a little bit more about what these kids are like.”