The diet of children considered to be poor eaters by their parents was not substantially different or of poorer quality than the diet of their peers, according to a study of 494 Finnish children.
Although parents commonly express concerns about their children’s eating habits, little research has been done on children perceived to be poor eaters.
This study looked at whether 5-year-olds described by their parents as poor eaters differed from age-matched controls on growth, food intake or meal pattern.
Participants included children and their parents who also were taking part in a long-term prospective trial on a coronary risk factor intervention program. Just before the children’s fifth birthday, parents completed questionnaires asking them to rate on a five-point scale how often the child ate too little. Parents also completed a food diary for four consecutive...