A risk of having a picky eater who refuses to eat certain food groups is malnutrition. Malnutrition could have many side effects, such as poor school performance and an inability to focus or learn.
Additionally, malnourishment in children can greatly impact their development. Malnourished children often have stunted growth, anemia, vulnerability to diseases, etc.
The effects of malnutrition can carry into adulthood. Some things that undernourished children can get as adults are cardiovascular issues, diabetes, obesity, etc.
How to Boost Their Appetite and Encourage New Eating Habits
When you want your kid to try out new food, we suggest that you do not force them to finish an entire plate of it because that can be more daunting than the food itself. Instead, you can offer your child a few bites of the new dish to help them learn if they like the taste or not.
As mentioned earlier, a child may be fussy about eating because they see how you react to food. It is important to be an example and show your kids that you are willing to try new foods or give old ones a second chance. That way, they will know that trying out new food is not a bad thing.
You can also share responsibilities with your child at mealtime. You can control when, where, and what food is provided while your child will be in control of how much they want to eat and what they want to eat.
With that being said, if your child says that they do not want to eat any of the food on the table, you should resist the urge to whip up new food you know they will like. That will encourage their picky behavior and expect that they will only eat food that they are familiar with.
Additionally, you may want to make mealtimes more enjoyable. It would be best to minimize distractions at the dinner table and offer a clean and pleasant environment to eat in. In addition to that, you can also offer a pleasant conversation to make your child look forward to each meal.