I totally agree with Jenny in regards to the reliance on BMI.
Many parents are sent away, their concerns not taken seriously because their child gets ticks on the height and weight charts.
Yes, if our child is growing that's good. But surely it is only part of the puzzle?
Again, I want to stress here that the likelihood of our child becoming blind even on a very limited diet is incredibly rare. Do not panic. If you have a child that avoids whole food groups and are worried then do see your GP or a dietician for reassurance.
I also want to jump on my soap box and rave a little. Yes, our child may be in a fussy stage, and yes, they may grow out of it but:
1. If it's causing stress and frustration for parents is that OK?
2. If siblings are being negatively affected is that OK?
3. If our child is subsisting on a limited diet day in day out is it OK?
4. If it prevents us and them being able to enjoy social occasions/ go away easily is that OK?
5. Is it OK to presume it's a phase and they will grow out of it. How do we know if it's something more? When do we ask for help?
6. Where can we go for help?
All of these questions to me lead to the same answer.
We, as a society should be taking fussy eating more seriously. There should be support for any parent who feels they need it.
If it then turns out to be a "storm in a teacup" so what. A little additional help and support is never a bad thing.
I would love to advocate for more understanding of how difficult and demoralising it is to parent a child who struggles to eat well. More so, to put into place systems so any parent can access the support they need to overcome these challenges.
I am pretty sure that if I ask parents of picky eaters whether they would love some easily accessible support (as you would get if a child struggled to read or speak) they would say yes!!
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.