Kids’ picky eating can have depression, anxiety links: study

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Picky eating among children may not be just a passing phase but could flag potential concerns such as depression and anxiety, a study released found.

According to the Duke Medicine report in the journal Pediatrics, more than 20 percent of children aged 2-6 are picky eaters.

About 18 percent of those were classified as moderately picky and another three percent as extremely so.

It was in these subsets — kids who are moderately or severely fussy about the foods they eat — that scientists found greater occurrence of mental health issues such as clinical depression or anxiety.

Since picky eating can also cause poor nutrition and family conflict, the report said, it appears important for parents and medical staff to keep an eye on a risk of underlying emotional issues.

“These are children whose eating has become so limited or selective that it’s starting to cause problems,” said lead author Nancy Zucker, director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders.

“Impairment can take many different forms. It can affect the child’s health, growth, social functioning, and the parent-child relationship. The child can feel like no one believes them, and parents can feel blamed for the problem.”

Children whose picky eating becomes a serious challenge also may have what doctors now call “Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.”

Mental health professionals believe they can help some of these children with behavioral therapy over foods that may cause them anxiety.

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  1. Avatar HotPotato December 1st, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Obure bwana..What are you saying? Defending nothing? So the new contractor made 3-5 ceilings in different court rooms cave in? How is that possible? your ministry is known to be one of the most corrupt with big names and Indians given big contracts and in turn they give kickback. You should have thought twice before opening your mouth before the cameras. Obure Bure Bure Kabisa..your name fits you perfect.


  2. Avatar Stephenondiek December 1st, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    this is hilarious. He he he.. passing the buck. Truly a banana republic. 

  3. Avatar Phace Rangu December 1st, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Another Anglo-Leasing/GoldenBerg/Triton/FPE/KKV ……………………………. [Business As Usual]…..

  4. Avatar Kimstan December 1st, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Is this guy still in office? Seriously? Has he seen the building yet? Honestly, Kibaki and Raila should show some seriousness and fire some of these guys immediately? This is appling.

  5. Avatar Kabunda kivereri December 1st, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    These are some of the leaders that Kenya dont deserve at all. He should go see the building before uttering meaningless sentences. These so called cowboy contractors simply did a shoddy job and they should be in court by now and someone taking political responsibility. They are the same kind of quacks that allow counterfeit goods in the market. Obure stop being cheap, own up and spare no rod.

  6. Avatar Nyaribo George December 1st, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    hi come on talk sence you are you of the point let the right people do the work they are able to do. if this is what we have to do im sorry we are diing a grave our selfe my brother thinks what you tal to people it tells how green you are

    1. Avatar Mpwani December 2nd, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      your name suggests that you come from his home area first and foremost please “make sense”  secondly please note that he eats alone not with you, please do not defend what we can see as blatant corruption….We are glad that this kind of hopeless leaders will never ever have a place in the government after next years elections

  7. Avatar Lucas December 1st, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    His nose keeps growing longer…liar, liar, pants on fire!

  8. Avatar Nyumbaitu December 2nd, 2011 at 2:41 am

    If these are the people heading our ministries. Kenya will had a rough ride for a little while

  9. Avatar Kdjad December 2nd, 2011 at 3:53 am

    How can one “spoil a building”?

    1. Avatar Macabre December 2nd, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Exactly….was also wondering about that. Who uses that word “spoilt” to refer to anything especially a building? Milk maybe? Stick with vernacular and spare us your shame.

  10. Avatar Mwakinyanjui December 2nd, 2011 at 3:57 am

    What happened to Chris Obure’s face … he’s bloody super “dark”. Then keeps defending thugs as he did during the Kanu regime.

  11. Avatar Njirwez December 2nd, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This ain’t a blame game, it’s an indulgence into trivial arguments. Since Mutunga was appointed he’s been bossy trying to exercise authority, on the other hand the minister is countering through arrogance also trying to show they his side is not on the wrong, first of all the ministry should always inspect govt premises else what is their work! —BEING LEARNED IS ALSO A PROBLEM.

  12. Avatar Alibaba December 2nd, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Simply put…….this minister is just full of it !


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