This is not always true (we'll get to that) but for many picky eaters it's the easiest meal of the day. Parents often tell me that they have no issues with breakfast.
1. We have been asleep for hours (hopefully) and therefore not eating. Having an appetite supports eating.
2. Dinner is often the most challenging meal of the day. If our child hasn't eaten much then it will mean that they are really looking forward to eating in the morning.
3. Breakfast foods are often easy for selective eaters as they tick boxes. Beige. Crunchy, or soft and easy to shovel in with minimal chewing.
4. It's predictable. Unlike dinner where scary things often appear, breakfast has a comforting sameness. The foods are also often pre-packaged so uniform. Toast, Weetbix etc. are the same today as they are tomorrow - very reassuring.
5. There are no vegetables to be surmounted. No one is pushing carrots for breakfast ...
There are of course, exceptions to every rule. Some children wake up and are just not interested in eating. Other's feel pressured as the morning is a whirlwind of time deadlines and it kills appetite.
However, if you were wondering why your child chows like a champion at breakfast but struggles later in the day maybe this answers the question.
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.