Whether You Are A Picky Eater

What Causes Picky Eating?

In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of picky eating we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow picky eating to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind picky eating consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to picky eating.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Picky-Eater Tendency
  • Food Allergies

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
afternoon headaches
history of ovarian cysts
heart racing/palpitations
allergies as a child
craving and eating wheat
regular episodes of diarrhea
discomfort caused by mold/mustiness
dark areas under eyes
anal itching at night
meal-induced pain for over a month
slight tongue swelling
history of adolescent acne
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of picky eating:
Cause Probability Status
Food Allergies 90% Confirm
Picky-Eater Tendency 74% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Food Preferences section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about whether you are a picky eater:
Are you a picky eater? In other words, do you refuse to eat certain foods based on their taste, texture, smell, or how they look?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No - I'll eat almost anything!
→ Slightly - there are a few foods I will not eat
→ Somewhat - there are many foods I will not eat
→ Definitely - I will eat only a short list of foods
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not being a picky eater, being a picky eater or being a very picky eater, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Picky-Eater Tendency

Picky-Eater Tendency also suggests the following possibilities:

Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

Food allergies are sometimes addictive in nature, requiring continued consumption of the allergenic food in order to prevent the appearance of withdrawal symptoms.  However, eating the same foods over and over increases the likelihood of eventually becoming allergic to them.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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