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J Genet Psychol. 1995 Jun;156(2):217-29.

Characteristics of school children who are choosy eaters.

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Department of Clinical Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden.


Choosiness, manifested in refusal of foods, eating little, and disinterest in food, was studied with regard to prevalence, stability, sociodemographic characteristics, health problems, weight, and associated problem behaviors in a sample of 240 Swedish primary school children. Questionnaires were used, and data on sociodemographic variables, health problems, weight, and height were collected from child health-care and school health records. Choosiness was present in one third of the children, but only 8% showed choosy behavior both at home and in school. The choosy children had no more health problems than others, nor were they significantly thinner. Choosiness was not related to gender, social class, or ethnic background. The choosy children had modestly elevated levels of externalizing, hyperactive, and internalizing behavior. The choosy children with a history of refusal to eat in infancy or preschool age had more pronounced choosy behavior and had more problem behaviors than the other choosy children. Choosiness can not easily be categorized within an eating disorders or main problem syndromes of childhood frame of reference.

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