“What’s for tea?”
“Does it have mushrooms in?”
“Yes, but in tiny pieces, you won’t even taste them.”
“But I HATE mushrooms! Why would you put MUSHROOMS in it?” *throws self on floor at the horror of it all*
Does this sort of conversation sound familiar? (The mushroom hater is meant to be a child, not a partner or customer in a restaurant or anything.)
All parents at some point or another must surely be the victim of fussy eating. It’s certainly been the bane of my life in one form of another for the last 18 years, whether it’s babies refusing anything other than breastmilk or tiny squares of toast and marmite for the first year of their life, or teenage fads for wheat free, diary free or vegan diets.
A while ago I took part in a fussy eating focus group for a new product called PaediaSure Shake. I’m not going to go on about it, but basically they’ve set up a new fussy eating website with lots of information to help you manage those difficult phases when your child refuses to eat anything that isn’t beige.
It inspired me though to make up another infographic, this time about fussy eating. All the statistics are, as usual, entirely the product of my own imagination, but I feel they reflect the situation pretty well.
Feel free to share it and your own experiences of fussy eating.