Parents often express concern about their child being a “picky eater”. This is most common in the toddler and preschool years.
I have had the privilege of traveling the world, visiting underdeveloped countries, as well as developed countries.
Without exception, children in poor countries eat whatever is offered to them and are grateful for such.
60-70 years ago, fast food was minimally available and processed foods were the exception.
Most families ate three meals a day and snacking was unusual. Today, with so much fast food and processed foods and snacks on our market, it is tempting for parents to offer these foods, either because they are quick and easy and less time consuming or because they are fearful that their children will starve if they do not give them these foods that they crave.
With all due respect to the advertising profession, it is the marketing to our children and families that make the parents think that these snack foods are healthy. If the labeling uses words, such as “veggie” or “yogurt” or “natural”, it is only natural that this gives the parents affirmation that these foods are good for their child.
What I say now is easy for me to preach and more difficult to practice! If you keep the snack foods out of the house and offer your child three meals a day and an after-school healthy snack, with time they will begin to eat more of a variety of foods. They will not starve. Children have a survival instinct!
Children often triple their weight in the first year. Thereafter, their growth slows until puberty. Parents often perceive that the children are not eating enough in the second and third years.
However, they need fewer calories during these years and often their bodies know better than the parents. Also, the child, during this period, is developing a sense of self, enjoying a position of self- identity and self choices.
As a parent, you want your children to have a healthy, well-balanced diet. You should discuss with your pediatrician any concerns you have about your children's nutrition and health.
Dr. Ann Marie Rogers, founder of Rainbow Pediatrics, was named one of the "Outstanding Pediatricians in Central Ohio" (Columbus Monthly, 1998), and also Ohio's "Outstanding Pediatrician of the Year," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Ohio Chapter. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award from Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Dr. Rogers received the AAP "Special Achievement Award" for legislative advocacy on such issues as mandatory child car seat restraints, insurance coverage for preventive health care and immunizations, and forty-eight hour maternity stays. Ann Rogers MD has served actively on the national AAP committees for Federal and State Government Affairs, and chaired the AAP Ohio Chapter Public Policy Committee for twenty years.
At Rainbow Pediatrics, we strive to be the community leader in pediatric health each day by delivering a level of care that's second-to-none in Central Ohio. That's why families trust our experienced team to care for their loved ones from infancy to early adulthood.