Picky eater - help my 12 year old is extremely picky

Sherri - posted on 01/21/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is 12 and has been a picky eater for the past 6 years. He loves anything that is a carb (cracker, chips, cookies, ) likes milk, cup of noodles, pancakes, fries, cereal, and tigers milk bars. He doesn't eat vegetables and the only fruits are bananas, apples, grapes. I am concerned because he is gaining weight even though he is extremely active. He was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder years ago- hoping he will outgrow it???? I am Worried


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Dove - posted on 01/22/2015




Most people (to my knowledge... which admittedly isn't much) do not grow out of SPD... They simply learn to adapt the best that they can.

As for the picky eating thing... the time to address it would have been 6 years old when you were still in control of what he does and does not have available to eat. You can certainly control what is bought in YOUR house, but by 12 a lot of kids have a lot of freedom on food choices as they are eating w/ friends and such. Keep the fruit that he likes stocked at all times and limit how often you are buying the chips and cookies (maybe one or two packs/month.. at most).

He 'could' be gaining weight because he is gearing up for a growth spurt. I know girls and boys grow differently at this stage, but every time my daughter stepped on the scale she had gained more weight. She is also very active and eats all the time.... but she gained height and a lot of muscle (which weighs more than fat).

Did he have his 12 year check up? You could always talk to the doctor about your concerns. I'm 'assuming' he's received or is receiving some sort of therapy/counseling for the SPD...?

Michelle - posted on 01/22/2015




You have helped him in a way since you are the one buying and cooking the food. You shouldn't give in and just give him what he wants, you serve up a healthy meal and he has to eat it, no if's or but's.
It's been 6 years, he's not going to "outgrow" it unless you stop providing those foods for him.

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