Some preschoolers who are picky eaters have underlying mental health disorders

The New York Times “Motherlode” blog reports that a study published in Pediatrics suggests that “moderate selective eating (a.k.a. picky eating) is associated with symptoms of psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” in preschoolers. Youngsters “with severe selective eating…were seven times more likely to have social anxiety and twice as likely to have a diagnosis of depression compared to children without selective eating habits,” the study found.

The AP reports that just “three percent of young children studied were that picky.”

Researchers looked at some 900 youngsters ranging in age from two to five before arriving at the study’s conclusions.

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