Monday, August 03, 2015

Nice job, there

So, there's a story in the Guardian about children who have severe, crippling aversion to new or indeed most food. Kids who actually vomit when made to taste something new. Kids who literally cannot eat more than a handful of things. These kids, of course, can grow up to have many severe psychological problems.

The researcher in the story is quoted as saying:
“What I don’t want to do with the reporting of the story is to create panic among the parents,” Zucker said. “To pathologize something that’s not pathological.”
So what headline does the Guardian slap on it?
Picky eaters may grow into depressed and anxious kids, research suggests

New study claims tendencies, which pediatricians have long advised children will ‘grow out of’, are associated with more serious conditions

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At 11:41 AM, August 04, 2015 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

The Washington Post's current homepage is no better: "Your kid’s picky eating may
not be so harmless after all. Picky eating could be a gateway to other, deeper psychological problems, according to a study."

At 3:52 PM, August 04, 2015 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

OTOH, on Google News's homepage right now, this more responsible listing:

Picky eating is usually harmless but can signal young children's emotional ...
Vancouver Sun - ‎2 hours ago

CHICAGO - Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out.

At 4:43 PM, August 04, 2015 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yes, that's much better.


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