Whether it’s eating nothing but macaroni and cheese or refusing to touch anything green, picky eating is a common trait among young kids. But for some, it can lead to health risks throughout childhood and even into adulthood.
Now it may be possible to determine whether a child will be a picky eater based on the presence of certain genes, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics,
“For most healthy children, picky eating is a normal part of development,” Natasha Cole, lead study author and a doctoral student in nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois, told Seeker. “However, some studies have shown that picky eating is associated with eating disorders, emotional and behavioral problems, and risk of both underweight and overweight.”