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Eating Recovery Center In the News: The Huffington Post

When Does Picky Eating Become Something To Worry About? The most recent installment of Dr. Ken Weiner's bi-weekly blog discusses a topic that many parents find all-too-common: picky eaters. In light of the rising incidence of eating disorders among young children, Eating Recovery Center's founding partner, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer shares insights to help parents differentiate between normal childhood behavior and early indicators of an eating disorder. Having dedicated more than 30 years of my career to the study of eating disorders and the delivery of effective treatment, there's not much I haven't seen when it comes to anorexia, bulimia and EDNOS. Additionally, after raising children, I have come to understand a thing or two about the tendency of children to be picky eaters. My three eldest children were relatively easy eaters -- they certainly had their preferences, but there were never tantrums or outright refusals to eat the food on their plate. Just when I thought I had avoided the dreaded picky eating drama altogether, the fourth child challenged my sanity as a parent. For years, it was a struggle to get him to ingest anything that wasn't frozen, processed "chicken" pressed into the shape of a dinosaur, and I recall one particularly intense public meltdown when "something green" (the smallest piece of cilantro that you have ever seen) made it onto the plate with said "chicken." Like most children, however, my son grew out of this phase and began consuming a wider range of foods as part of a well-balanced diet. I share this anecdote with you because I want to stress that, in addition to being considered an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, I'm also a parent that has struggled with a picky eater. There's nothing more frustrating than being told not to worry about something that feels fundamentally worrisome, particularly when it pertains to your children. Read the blog post in its entirety here.

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