Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)
Picky eating is an under-researched behavior in children. The current study aims to assess what behaviors correlate with picky eating to better understand potential risk factors for Anorexia Nervosa. 111 children were evaluated at 5 and 6 years old, and a subset was evaluated again at 7 and 8 years old (n=36). Executive function and IQ were evaluated using parent reports and behavioral measures at baseline. Picky eating was reported by a parent questionnaire. Results showed deficits in shifting to be a predictor of higher picky eating behaviors at ages 5-6 years. Additionally, children who were reported extremely picky eaters at baseline made fewer errors in executive function conditions in Shape School. Furthermore, correlations showed picky eating at baseline was a strong predictor of picky eating at Time 2. Since children are currently at ages 7 and 8, reports of Anorexia Nervosa have not been obtained. The current study evaluated pre-established deficits for AN while finding some better and worse outcomes for picky eaters, which furthers the limited research on picky eating.
Dr. Kirsten Gilbert
Nazmiyal, Ara, "Picky Eating in Children: Associations with IQ and Executive Functioning" (2021). Senior Honors Papers / Undergraduate Theses. 32.