- 60% of mothers report their child to be a picky eater1
- 70% of Canadian children do not meet the recommended 5 servings per day of vegetables and fruits2
- 30% of Canadian children do not meet the recommended 2 servings per day of milk and alternatives2
- Picky eaters are 2x more likely than non-picky eaters to be underweight at 4.5 years of age3
- PediaSure® Usage & Attitude Survey. April 2015.
- Garriguet D. 2004. Nutrition: Findings from the Canadian Community Health Survey—Overview of Canadians’ Eating Habits. Health Reports (Statistics Canada, Catalogue 82-620;(2):9).
- Dubois L et al. Problem eating behaviours related to social factors and body weight in preschool children: A longitudinal study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2007;4:9.
- Refuses to eat
- Has a small appetite
- Always eats the same food, and is unwilling to try new ones
- Is highly selective and pushes food away or holds it in his mouth
- Cries or has tantrums at mealtime
- Does not like the texture or colour of certain foods
- Fears foods due to previous bad experiences (e.g. illness, stress, etc.)
If picky eating overstays its welcome, it may create a risk for a nutrient deficiency. You cannot tell if your child is at risk for a nutrient deficiency just by looking at him; even children with normal body weights may have nutritional deficiencies.
Nutri-eSTEP is a validated nutrition screening tool developed by research dietitians for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Answer a few questions about your child’s diet and in less than 10 minutes you will get results on what is going well and where there may be room for improvement, as well as tips to help guide you.
Feel free to share your results with your health care professional if you are concerned about your child’s eating habits.FOR TODDLERS (18-35 months)FOR PRESCHOOLERS (3-5 years)