Event Title

Defining Picky or Selective Eating Behaviors of Children age 2-16 years and Situational Environmental Impacts

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

20-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

20-4-2015 3:30 PM

Student's Major

Family Consumer Science

Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Mentor's Name

Heather Von Bank

Mentor's Email Address

heather.von-bank@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Family Consumer Science

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Description

Research in the field of selective eating behaviors is growing, however there is no clear scientific definition of picky or selective eating. Knowledge of children’s food preferences and family eating environments may provide an understanding of the nutritional challenges encountered by picky eaters. Information about picky eating can also provide parental education to support increased acceptance of new foods and improve nutritional content of children’s dietary intake. An anonymous survey was used to gather data about children’s eating habits and family environment. We invited parents of children between the ages of 2-16 years old to participate. The survey was distributed through convenience sampling methods via social media networking sites. Results suggest that there is a wide range of variation in the behaviors exhibited by children who are seen as picky or selective by their parents. This research adds to the body of knowledge relating to behaviors and environmental factors that may influence children’s choices and preferences for certain food or food types. This research sheds light on the types of foods that children prefer and is beneficial in order to establish specific criteria for nutritional intervention services or parental education programs.

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Defining Picky or Selective Eating Behaviors of Children age 2-16 years and Situational Environmental Impacts

CSU Ballroom

Research in the field of selective eating behaviors is growing, however there is no clear scientific definition of picky or selective eating. Knowledge of children’s food preferences and family eating environments may provide an understanding of the nutritional challenges encountered by picky eaters. Information about picky eating can also provide parental education to support increased acceptance of new foods and improve nutritional content of children’s dietary intake. An anonymous survey was used to gather data about children’s eating habits and family environment. We invited parents of children between the ages of 2-16 years old to participate. The survey was distributed through convenience sampling methods via social media networking sites. Results suggest that there is a wide range of variation in the behaviors exhibited by children who are seen as picky or selective by their parents. This research adds to the body of knowledge relating to behaviors and environmental factors that may influence children’s choices and preferences for certain food or food types. This research sheds light on the types of foods that children prefer and is beneficial in order to establish specific criteria for nutritional intervention services or parental education programs.

Recommended Citation

Lyons, Maureen. "Defining Picky or Selective Eating Behaviors of Children age 2-16 years and Situational Environmental Impacts." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/poster_session_B/17