This is a really interesting question and one with many answers. Everyone you speak to will have a different opinion.
Doctors, health visitors, relatives and parents themselves often adopt a "wait-and-see" attitude to fussy eating and hope that kids will just grow out of it.
And of course often kids do. Everyone has an anecdotal story of the cousin/brother/friend who only ate x as a child and now eats widely.
My question though is always WHEN. When is the transformation going to happen? I know of people who were super selective right through until their late 20's before being able to eat variety. I also follow a "Picky-Eating" Facebook group for adults which proves that not everyone makes that leap.
For me it's simple. Food is such an important component in our health and wellbeing. I know that I feel a 1,000% better if I eat a balanced and nutrient dense diet. I have more energy, sleep better, can concentrate (mostly) and rarely get sick. I also feel as though I am doing my utmost to reduce my risk of serious health conditions (the W.H.O.5 a day .. etc.).
And, I ask you as a parent to imagine how you'd feel if you ate your child's diet.
If the response to that question is "not great" then it may just give you the answer you're looking for.
Now do I have a vested interest in parents intervening and getting help for their child's eating? Yes, that would be true. However, for me eating well is - for anyone - just a really important part of living life to the full. Supporting families to do this has been a burning passion for me since having kids and I'd just love for everyone to be able to experience that, should they wish to.
And because, of course, there is a big difference between choosing to eat certain foods and only being able to eat certain foods ..
Changing the way your child eats may be way easier than you imagine ...
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.