Q. My daughter, age 15, is still a picky eater. She refuses most everything.
A. Girls are very conscious of their bodies at this age. You should talk with her and make every effort not to discuss her food intake. Ask her how she is and if she is worried about anything. Let her know that you are concerned about her. Emotional pressures are a big part of what leads to disordered eating issues. If she is not open to a conversation with you, let her know that, with you, she can seek guidance from a Registered Dietitian, or from her doctor. As parents we need to use our “parental intuition” when it comes to our children’s health and well-being.
Mary Ellen Caldwell, RDN