Picky Eaters – Is It a Psychological Condition?

While doing research on the topic I came across the children’s book called “Tales For Very Picky Eaters” written by Josh Schneider. I tried to look him up so maybe I can run a quick interview of him to add more content to this post but his contact information wasn’t available on any of the website I visited. (Mr. Josh Schneider, if by the off chance you see this blogpost or anyone that might know you please reach out to me as I would still love to include a short interview in this post.) There are ways to convince a child to eat their food and his picture book illustrates some pretty good examples of how. Adult picky eaters…well, there is nothing you can say to change their minds. Maybe if you paid them to eat something they don’t want to eat, maybe.
When I was a child I was extremely picky. My mom used to say that she didn’t understand how a kid could hate eating so much. I would throw tantrums and when I was forced to sit at the table and eat I would do with tears just streaming down my face. I used to have phases of food I would eat and my parents would just let me eat it because they felt they didn’t have a choice because otherwise I would starve. Once I would only eat rice and peanut butter with sugar. I was extremely malnourished.   If you ask my friends and family now though I’m not picky about anything and will eat just about anything that is offered. I guess I grew out of it.

So why are some people so picky about foods? After doing a little reading about it, it totally makes sense. Sometimes it’s genetic where something in our genes triggers our brain to send out a signal expressing that we should not eat something whether it’s because of color, texture, or whatever. Some people refuse to try anything new because of phobia of trying something new due to past trauma. Sometimes it’s psychological explanation. Some sources even say that pickiness is also due to depression. Although they still can’t prove entirely if some individuals are picky due to a psychological condition that makes them depressed or if their behavior of being picky naturally singles them out and ultimately they feel isolated from groups, which causes depression.

Some individuals simply have a strong sense of taste. Certain foods can simply be too overwhelming compared to others. Some may also have a poor sense of smell -that is great factor when it comes to tasting food and vice versa. This is why sometimes when you are eating something if you take in a deep breath through your nose before you completely finish swallowing your food you will taste it even better.

I know some people who refuse to some things just due to the mushy texture of things or if it’s anything green they will not eat it. It amazes me every time I hear someone being picky about food because I love food and I’m always open to trying something new. I feel like there is a whole world that picky eaters are missing. As far as why are some people picky? Well, it just depends on that individual person. Sometimes they don’t know themselves why they are picky they just know that they’ve never eaten anything else than what they’ve always known.

Do you consider yourself a picky eater? Do you know any people who are finicky when it comes to certain foods?


2 thoughts on “Picky Eaters – Is It a Psychological Condition?

  1. Maddie June 8, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    When I was a kid, I was your typical kid that didn’t want to eat their vegetables. Now that I’ve grown up, I am not picky at all. I always tell people when they ask me what I eat, “I’ll eat anything that doesn’t jump off the plate and eat me first.” and that is true. That wasn’t the case when I was a kid.

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    • SPVF June 21, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      I guess we were the lucky ones to outgrow our pickiness. I know adults who are still picky about what they eat. I’m definitely like you I will try anything once.


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