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Eating Behaviour: ‘Fussy Eaters’ – A Symptom of Anxiety

Joseph Sparks

26th January 2017

Fussy eating might not be a phase; it could be a sign of something more serious.

A new study has revealed that fussiness for particular food types increases the chances of severe mental health issues. A recent study, published in the journal Paediatrics, found that approximately one fifth of children were classified as ‘selective eaters’, of which 18% were classified as ‘moderately picky’ and 3% ‘severely picky’. However, the children with moderate and severely eating habits were more likely to display symptoms of anxiety and other mental health issues.

According to Dr Zucker, selective eating might be the first sign that a child is experiencing anxiety or depression and that they might want to seek professional help.

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Joseph Sparks

Joseph is a Subject Advisor for Psychology at tutor2u. He is an experienced Psychology & Music Teacher, Writer, Examiner and Presenter. He is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Education and is passionate about the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

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