Navigation Links
Picky Eating in Youngsters Might Be Largely Caused by Genes
Date:3/22/2013

FRIDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- If your young children are picky eaters, they may be able to blame it on their genes, according to a new study.

The findings add to growing evidence that genes play an important role in children's eating behaviors, including the tendency to avoid new foods, said the researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"In some respects, food neophobia, or the aversion to trying new foods, is similar to child temperament or personality," study leader Myles Faith, an associate professor of nutrition, said in a university news release.

"Some children are more genetically susceptible than others to avoid new foods. However, that doesn't mean that they can't change their behaviors and become a little less picky," he explained.

The researchers looked at 66 pairs of twins, aged 4 to 7, and found that genes were responsible for 72 percent of the variation kids' tendency to avoid new foods. The rest of the variation was influenced by household and family factors.

Previous studies found that genes explained 78 of the variation in aversion to trying new foods in children aged 8 to 11 and 69 percent of the variation in adults. This suggests that the effect of genes remains relatively constant across all ages.

The researchers also found that in families with heavier parents, children were overweight only if they avoided trying new foods.

"It's unexpected, but the finding certainly invites interesting questions about how food neophobia and temperament potentially shape longer-term eating and influence body weight," Faith said.

The study was published March 21 in the journal Obesity.

To increase children's acceptance of new foods, the researchers said that parents can serve as role models and provide repeated opportunities for their children to try new foods. This might include offering several new foods and letting children decide which ones they want to try.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about kids and food.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, news release, March 21, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Where Technology Meets Humanity: Email List Helps People Heal from Eating Disorders
2. Study finds tiny, targeted drug particles may be effective in treating chronic diseases
3. Drugs targeting blood vessels may be candidates for treating Alzheimers
4. Walk it out: Urban design plays key role in creating healthy cities
5. Ohio Psychological Association Partners with Columbus State Community College for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
6. Eating Out Can Hurt Heart Health, Expert Warns
7. UGA researchers identify brain pathway triggering impulsive eating
8. New cancer vaccine shows future promise in treating and preventing metastatic cancers
9. KBA announces OfficeforHealth™ for US Healthcare Providers, Creating a Real Outcome for Better Health
10. UC research examines interventions in treating African-Americans with substance abuse
11. Integrative Health Expert Dr. Tasneem Bhatia Releases What Doctors Eat: Tips, Recipes, and the Ultimate Eating Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Perfect Health
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Picky Eating in Youngsters Might Be Largely Caused by Genes
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... In sleep, when the defenses of the day are at rest, ... with eating disorders is significant self-criticism, and consequently these patients experience this disease with ... maladaptive means for coping with this unease, but also leads to a reservoir of ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... practical mobile kitchens, recently announced the debut of their latest mobile kitchen model, ... Kitchens provides organizations with modern, high-volume commercial kitchens for use anywhere in the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Moscow, Russia (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... update has a completely new user interface design and the developer has fixed known ... with those they want to on their phone while not consuming any of their ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... –This week, Atascadero water heater company First Call Plumbing ... view the report, click here or see below. , There are ... and cons, the type chosen is almost entirely up to personal preference. However, tankless ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... tired of trying to cram belongings into spare space that just isn’t there, a self-storage ... before hastily spending money on a unit, take these tips into consideration. , Self-storage is ... often not told when utilizing these services are some tips on how to use the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... For hospitals considering enrollment in the Federal ... the program, the Health Resources and Services Administration,s (HRSA) ... Mega-Guidance , could have significant impact on plans and ... 2016. Essential Insights , Daniel Neal, ... the Mega-Guidance,s key proposed changes, including a new requirement ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016  SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN ... into a settlement agreement with the United States ... SEC,s investigation into possible violations of the Foreign ... the settlement agreement, SciClone has agreed to pay ... interest and a penalty.  This payment is in ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 4, 2016 ... Identifying and Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation ... disorder associated with chronic inflammation of the airways ... of COPD symptoms make the disease one of ... cause of death in the world. COPD is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: