It’s NOT just kids who are picky eaters! Nearly half of college students are still picky in college, study shows
- Being a fussy eater is usually a term associated with kids who don’t like vegetables
- But it seems it’s not just a phase, according to a new study of 500 students
- Results of the study showed that 190 students were still identified as a picky eater
Being a fussy eater is usually a term associated with young children who don’t like to eat their vegetables.
But it seems it’s not just a phase — according to a new study, nearly half of young adults are still picky by the time they enter college.
Researchers analyzed 488 undergraduate students in the US and found 190 still identified as a fussy eater.
Most of them reported eating fewer than 10 foods and eating ‘considerably’ less fiber and vegetables compared to their peers.
Being a fussy eater is usually a term associated with young children who don’t like to eat their vegetables. But it seems it’s not just a phase — as nearly half of young adults are still picky by the time they enter college, according to a new study
They also reported situational problems — for example, not being able to find acceptable food when eating with others — and excessive meal planning.
Principal investigator Dr. Lauren Dial, of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, said, “Kicky eating is usually defined as the rejection of both familiar and new foods.
“It often occurs during childhood, but there are instances where picky eating can persist into adolescence and adulthood.”
The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, also revealed that some picky eaters chose not to eat at all on occasion and had to decide who to eat with.
dr. Dial added: “Overall, this study sheds some light on the consequences of picky eating in young adults and could help future research determine how picky eating is related to other eating behaviors.”
She added that some people identify themselves as a picky eater in the same way that others would classify themselves as a healthy eater or a vegetarian.
And while some considered going out to restaurants a challenge, others enjoyed it because it “limited the number of options to eat.”
The reasons for being a picky eater vary widely, but some participants said it made losing weight easier for them.
“The definition of picky eating is quite broad right now, so it doesn’t really reflect the reasons why people might eat a restricted diet,” said Dr. dial.
“It could be that someone is eating a restricted diet to address a specific health problem.
“Interestingly, participants who identified as picky eaters told us about times when picky eating was a benefit to them — they were able to achieve weight loss and fitness goals by eating a limited number of foods.”
WHAT SHOULD A BALANCED DIET LOOK LIKE?
Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains, according to the NHS
• Eat at least 5 servings of different fruits and vegetables every day. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruits and vegetables count
• Basic meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, preferably whole grain
• 30 grams of fiber per day: This is equivalent to eating all of the following: 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 whole-grain cereal biscuits, 2 thick slices of whole-wheat bread and large baked potato with skin
• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soy drinks) and choose options with less fat and less sugar
• Eat some beans, legumes, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 servings of fish per week, one of which is fatty)
• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and consume in small amounts
• Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of water a day
• Adults should have less than 6 g of salt and 20 g of saturated fat for women or 30 g for men per day
Source: NHS Eatwell Guide