Picky Eating Study

Previous research on picky eating has primarily been studied in children. Only one study by Duke University has been conducted on adult picky eating despite the recent addition of Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Current members of the Eating Behaviors lab, lead by graduate student Jordan Ellis, are collaborating to design a study to gain a better understanding of the habits of adult picky eaters. Goals of the current study are to obtain a prevalence rate of adult picky eating for the general population and to examine the progression of picky eating from childhood to adulthood. Furthermore, a stronger understanding of picky eating has the potential to improve physical health and psychosocial impairment as well as increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Gaining an estimate of adult picky eating prevalence and associated impairment would help indicate if this population should be investigated further and if interventions would be warranted to address impairment.