Study shows picky eating may lead to depression, social anxiety

(WIAT) — Picky eating in children is usually considered a phase, but picky eating can turn into selective eating and may lead to deeper issues.

A Duke University study for eating disorders found selective eaters are more likely to show symptoms of depression and social anxiety.

The eating habits of more than 900 children were evaluated.

Twenty percent of children scored as picky eaters. Those children ate only a small variety of foods and had trouble eating with others.

Three percent of the children fell into the severe selective eaters category. They were twice as likely to show symptoms of depression or social anxiety.

But parents shouldn’t be alarmed, as being a picky or selective eating isn’t a medical condition.

Instead, researchers said the information can help parents and doctors identify and address symptoms early surrounding children and food.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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