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Faddy eating a problem in kids
[Posted: Fri 20/04/2007 www.irishhealth.com]
''Faddy eating' is a major problem among Irish children, according to a new survey.
Over 40% of parents surveyed said they had first hand experience of faddy eating in their children.
The study found that 89% of parents surveyed have been struggling to cope with food refusal lasting for more than one month and 52% for more than one year.
The survey also reveals that 76% of parents believe their child has a well-balanced diet, yet only 22% of children eat the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables.
The survey was conducted among 515 parents, all of whom had children under 12 years of age; 81% of those surveyed had children under five years of age.
According to nutritionist Nuala Collins, the results are worrying, with two out of every five parents stating that their young children did not eat the recommended amounts and types of food from the food pyramid.
The study was carried out by the manufacturers of Abidec, the children's multivatamin.
|Sharon(FMJ50883) Posted: 20/04/2007 16:16|
|my 5 year old stopped eating after a grastric bug (which he caught the day after his first birthday). he ate an extremly varied diet until then, all he eats now are some cereals and meat (loves meat). he will actully leave the table to bring his into the livingroom to eat as he says even the smell of our dinners makes him feel ill - once or twice over the past couple of years he has attempted to eat a small piece of potatoe or carrot to humour us and has vomited straight away. unsure as to whether this is all just an act with him but it has been/is quite fraustrating as he ate such a avaried diet when i started him on solids as an infant. he has started to eat frubes for me only in the last year. he is extremely full of energy and seems to be healthy enough but i still worry. my little girl - who is now 2 - will eat anything BUT meat. has anyone else had this or a similar problem?|
|Anonymous Posted: 01/05/2007 09:26|
|Don't push him or force him as this is the way to eating disorders. I would very much doubt that the gag reflex,leading to vomiting is "an act" or anything like it. Does he eat pasta? If so you can make your own pasta sauce in a blender - using tomatoes, peppers, onion, even celery. Does he eat fruit? You could cut it into cubes like a fruit salad to make it appealing. As for your daugter not eating meat, again don't push or force hr. It may simpoly be that she does not like it. As lpong as she is gettign iron and B12 from other sources and they are both healthy and happy, that is what is important|
|Sharon(FMJ50883) Posted: 01/05/2007 15:46|
|thanx for that - aidan will pasta once in a blue moon with no sauce - he'll put a bit of ketchup or gravy (?) on it himself - no flies on him!!!, he won't touch fruit for love nor money although he used eat it all the time - amanda will eat anything except meat - but has been eating a bit of packet ham for me and occasionally the turkey out of the packet - so there is hope there. they don't take a breakfast and sometimes they just don't eat for the whole day, but they still appear to be thriving so they must be doing something right. they are not fading away and as far from lethergic considering their eating patterns. but sometimes i really worry if they are going to suffer later on. my doctor and health nurse tell me they're fine but they were wrong before! when he got that bug Aidan stopped eating for several months and only drank milk - up to 14 litre per week! i was told that was okay until after several months he became very lethargic and sleeping all day and night - then my doctor told me that he had a very bad iron deficiency and could have had renal/brain and physical developmental problems if i had let it go for another couple of months. i was so angry and upset - after serveral attempts throughout the previous months to starve him of the milk so that he would eat - but failed miserably as Aidan was able to hold out longer than me- a week at one point, i was now basically being told that i had been a bad mother just giving him milk for this long. it was like all the way through that year that i couln't do right for doing wrong! i am a bit sceptical now that when they say it's okay - is it really!!??? i'll just have to wait and see - only time will tell i suppose|
|Anonymous Posted: 01/05/2007 16:42|
|It may be that amanda simply doesn't lie meat and there is nothign wrong with this as long as she is getting other iron sources. As for the packet ham and turkey, be careful with these as they are hih in nitrates, salt and tend to have additives. Regarding your son, he seems to be thriving which is good. Have you had him allergy tested? Also a visit to a nutritionist might be worthwhile. Kitty|
|Sharon(FMJ50883) Posted: 02/05/2007 12:27|
|Thank god they are both thriving - i know about the packet stuff, not that she is eating it by the packet load, but it is as far as she'll eating it - i have thought about the fact that she may just dislike the taste of meat, which is fair enough, at least, between the two of them they make one good eater! One good thing in their favour - they don;t have much in the way of sweet teeth!! the occasional bar and they love popcorn - the homemade one (without the butter/salt). thank you ladies for your help and insight, much appreciated. i don't want to be an overprotective mother that smothers their young, just want to know that they are doing fine and will be okay (that I'M not damaging them so young) - thanx again|
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