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In the eyes of parents and grandparents, children are what they hold closest to the heart. Be it is the food eaten, clothes worn or used, they hope to give the very best to their child. As long as the child likes it, they will try their best.

With the improvement of living standards, children's diets are becoming more diverse, which is a good thing. With a rich source of food, it can provide comprehensive nutrition for children's growth, and give parents and children more choices - but the diversity of food choices also leads to a child's picky eating habit. Parents are afraid that children’s poor appetite will affect their development, so in order to encourage them to eat and help them out-grow the habit of being a picky or partial eater.

How to distinguish between picky eaters and partial eaters?

"Picky Eaters" refers to a child who only eats or rejects a certain food, but the nutrients can be ingested by other foods of the same category, so it has little effect on the health of the child. For example, “I do eat green vegetables, but just do not eat green peppers.” 

"Partial eaters" refers to a child who prefers to eat more or refuses to eat certain types of food, resulting in an imbalance of nutritional intake. Severe partial eaters can lead to an insufficient intake of nutrients, hinder growth, learning and development, and thus cause insufficient immunity. For example, “I love eating meat, but I don’t eat green vegetables.”

The Impact of “Partial Eating”

Childhood is period that is essential for growth and development. At this time, a large amount of nutrients such as proteins and minerals are needed. As living standards improve, parents' nutritional requirements for children are relatively higher. In order to grow up, parents often give their children a lot of meat to supplement their protein, but they ignore the importance of vegetables. The differences in cooking methods, seasonings, and ingredients also affect the child's choices, which ultimately lead to “partial eating”, most commonly: loving only to eat meat and not eat vegetables. Children who cannot get enough vitamins and cellulose from food, have slow gastrointestinal motility slow and weakened digestion, hence constipation is prone to occur.

Japanese studies have found that children who lack long-sustaining nutrients such as protein, vitamins and cellulose, will affect their growth, weight and immunity resistance. Their personality will also easily tend towards being introverted. It may also affect cognitive development and increase the risk of learning disabilities. In addition, long-term bad eating habits will increase the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, and heart disease.

In fact, the biggest wish of parents is that the children at home grows up healthily and happily. Parents may also wish to teach their children to take care of their health.

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Hyumi is a certified nutritionist under the Singapore Nutrition & Dietetic Association (SNDA), she has 8 years of professional experiences in providing health consultations & advice for clients and corporates alike, all the while researching & developing new functional ingredients for better formulation. Hyumi obtained her Degree in Food Sciences & Nutrition from University Malaysia Sabah.

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