It's interesting, a lot of people feel that "fussy" eating is something that is far more prevalent now than it was previously.
It's true that now-a-days there are so many more options for children who struggle to eat meals. It's very easy to survive on crackers and nuggets and chippies that have been specially designed to hit all the pleasure centres.
These alternatives were not so readily available or commonplace when I was growing up (a LONG time ago ;) ). However, children still struggled to eat, they just ate a big plate of mash instead of mash/stew and veg.
I know this is true from following groups focused on "picky" adults, many of whom are in their 40's+. I also meet a lot of parents who don't eat variety when working with families.
When we're adults it may not be noticeable though as we can cater to our specific tastes. If those are very narrow so be it! I also watch how adults who don't eat variety negotiate social situations that involve eating very well given years of practice.
However, not eating variety can be isolating and difficult and often invites negative comment.
A lovely lady in her 20's contacted me about working with her a few weeks ago. I had not worked with an adult before - and explained that to her. However, we were both up for a challenge so I am using my knowledge of eating to support her to expand her menu options.
Last week one of her challenges was beetroot. It seemed on the surface like a huge hurdle to overcome but despite its lurid colour fresh beetroot is actually very neutral tasting. She agrees!
It's fascinating working with an adult as she is able to articulate exactly why something is challenging and how she feels about eating a specific food. Learning for me and steps forward for her.
She wanted to eat more variety mostly because she was fed up with people commenting on how "fussy" she was. As she said to me "it's not fussy, they don't understand how I just can't eat the food".
This is how many children feel. It's not deliberately setting out to be "fussy" and preferring one thing over another. It's a physical/ mental / emotional inability to eat certain foods.
But my lovely first adult client is overcoming that and adding new foods weekly. There is always hope!
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.