OK so apologies to all of you who read my earlier blog post - I really do try my best to keep them to a maximum of 1 a day but after being alerted to the media incorrectly reporting research (again) I just had to step in.
Mainly because fussy eating, and novel food refusal (or food neophobia) is something I support parents with quite frequently. So to see the media simply take one line out of a full research article and splash it across the UK as though it was fact quite literally made my blood boil.
I'm still tightly wound as I'm typing so I am apologising in advance if you sense a tense rant coming through!
So what exactly is the media saying?
Well this is the comment I was alerted to:
"They found the common traits - refusing to eat new foods and being selective on what they eat - have a "significant genetic influence" and is not a reflection of parenting styles." (ITV, 2016)
My first response - what on earth are they referring to?
So unlike any other media outlet I actually went back to the article to find out what it says.
Rather than it stating - genes cause fussy eating and parents make no difference (what ITV and the rest of the UK media are pretty much saying), it in fact states that children have a genetic predisposition (i,e., more likely to develop) but that parenting styles can indeed be a mediating factor.
While I absolutely understand the significance of the genetic influence on predisposition is new, the fact that the way in which parent's deal with either food refusal or food fussiness ultimately affects how the child eats is definitely not new.
As a parent the only thing you should ever focus on is this really simple statement:
The way you behave both towards, and around your child, will ultimately shape the way in which your child interacts with the world.
Let that statement be your guide in everything you do and you will encourage your child to develop happily and healthily.
If you would like to read the article for yourself and bypass the media spin you can access it for free and in full here:
Have a great afternoon & catch up soon - Katie
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Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.
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