It is no secret that most children love 'junk' food. Sweets, chocolates, fried food, and burgers are but a few of their favourites on the menu. While it is fine to indulge their sweet and savory cravings once in a while, it could be a problem if that is all they eat, refusing healthier food choices, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
'Junk' food tend to be high in calories and low on vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fibre when compared with healthier choices, This type of picky eating may lead to an overload of energy that may cause obesity, And, they may be missing out on nutrients important to their growth and development.
Fortunately, with patience and simple feeding strategies, you can help your child adopt a healthy and balanced diet over time - and, you could be watching him chomp down on broccoli and carrots soon enough.
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My son is 5 years old and is extremely picky when it comes to his food. He loves macaroni and cheese, burgers and pizzas. He will fuss over a healthy home-cooked meal which will hardly be touched.
I have tried to compromise by combining his favourites with healthy ingredients - e.g. cheesy broccoli rice, but he will end up meticulously picking out the broccoli pieces!
My husband and I have even tried bribing him with dessert if he eats his greens, to no avail. He complains that fruits are sour, and that vegetables are bitter.
I feel helpless because on one hand I do not want him to go hungry, but I also do not want to indulge his picky-eating any longer. Please help.
It is not uncommon for a 5-year-old to develop preferences for food, especially junk food.
However it is important to acknowledge that Rudran has a problem with his dietary habits. He seems to have an aversion to greens, sour and bitter tastes. This is typical of a child who has a highly selective intake or sensory food aversion.
In order to identify the extent of his problem, we need to first assess his weight and nutritional status to see if his eating habits have caused any excessive weight gain or nutritional deficiencies.