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Atypical Eating Disorder

  • Steven A. Hobbs
  • Don P. Wilson

Abstract

Selective eating and food refusal are patterns of behavior commonly observed in toddlers and young children. By the second year of life, most children demonstrate a relatively erratic appetite characterized by frequent shifts in food preferences along with a general tendency to assert their independence. In most cases, parents are informed that this pattern is normal, and that for children ages 1 to 5 years, eating at each meal is not necessary to achieve a normal weight gain of about 5 pounds per year (Smith, 1977). However, selective eating and food refusal in an infant or a young child with a predisposition for hypoglycemia can produce devastating effects.

Keywords

Eating Disorder Nutritional Supplement Good Eater Food Refusal Favorite Food 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven A. Hobbs
    • 1
  • Don P. Wilson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsChildren’s Medical Center, and University of Oklahoma Tulsa Medical CollegeTulsaUSA
  2. 2.Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and MetabolismChapman Institute of Medical Genetics, and University of Oklahoma Tulsa Medical CollegeTulsaUSA

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