I follow a FB group out of the US for adult picky eaters.
Trust me, this dispels any need to ask "do all children grow out of "fussy" eating. There are so many adults who struggle to eat variety and so many who can't eat whole categories of foods - especially fruit and veg.
It's interesting for me to understand how they approach food and how that does and doesn't differ from children. It's also often heartbreaking as they feel ostracised, uncomfortable at social events and the victims of a lot of negative comment.
The post that really stayed with was one from an older lady. She had been running a charity for years and in recognition of her work a gala dinner was being organised in her honour. Instead of this being her night of nights and thinking about a new dress and hairstyle, she was totally panicked about the food.
There was not one thing on the menu that she was comfortable eating and she wasn't sure how to handle it without offending people.
That story has stuck with me for ages. And then last night I read this:
"Went to see Obgyn today about planning for a baby. This is my 2nd opinion to talk about my medication I’m on. My eating came up. She let me know my prenatals are not enough to replace the kinds of food I don’t eat. We talked about nutrition and how I don’t eat what I’m suppose to. I feel like I can’t have a kid. My husband and I are such extremely picky eaters. I just don’t know what to do. Any picky eat moms out there ?"
Now that really is something I will struggle to un-see. I cannot imagine how awful this poor woman feels. Especially, as I know that if a mother's diet is not providing what the baby needs it will actually harvest nutrients from her body so what we eat during pregnancy is important.
Which brings me full-circle back to my soap box issue. If we have children who struggle to eat there should be support for them. We should care, we shouldn't just blow it off as a phase and we should be looking for ways to support any family that feels they need it.
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.