Fussy eating vs. feeding disorder
A U.S. doctor says there is a difference between a child’s picky eating and a feeding disorder.
Dr. Peter Girolami of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore says children often become picky eaters as their tastebuds develop and food preferences expand.
The difference between a fussy eater and a child with a feeding disorder is the impact the eating behavior has on a child’s physical and mental health, Girolami says in a statement.
There are indications that can help differentiate between a picky eater, who may eat a restricted but still nourishing diet, and a child who eats only three to four types of foods and compromises healthy growth. They include:
– An abrupt change in eating habits lasting longer than 30 days.
– Delays in learning to self-feed or eat
higher textured food.
– Weight-loss or failure to gain appropriate weight.
– Choking/coughing during meals.
– Unexplained fatigue or loss of energy.
– Disruptive behavior during mealtime.