Bread Box of Knowledge

Fed Up: A Dramatistic Analysis
There is an axiom in the world of media that says, “the medium is the message,” however, what that message is saying to children is another matter entirely. Fed Up is using the English Language Arts common core state standards to bring the film into American classrooms. According to one promoter, these standards include “evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.” Challenge accepted.

Finding Hope For Extreme Picky (Selective) Eating
Most (if not all) kids are picky to some degree, so much so, it is probably less typical to love all the foods, and more likely kids will be at least a little disappointed by whatever happens to be for dinner. Throw in a pinch of sensory and a dash of anxiety, and we have …[more]

Picky Eating vs Selective Eating Disorder
It weighs heavy on my mind, the negative comments from those who don’t live with Selective Eating Disorder (SED). One would think that someone who didn’t know anything about the subject might choose to ask questions instead of …[more]



Picky Eating in Adults: Results of a Web Based Survey
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, 2012

Beyond picky eating: avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Golisano Children’s Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, 2012

Perception of picky eating among children in Singapore and its impact on caregivers: a questionnaire survey
Department of Paediatrics, University Children’s Medical Institute, National University Hospital, Singapore, 2012

Incidence and age-specific presentation of restrictive eating disorders in children: a Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program study.
Eating Disorders Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, 2011

A population-based study of preschoolers’ food neophobia and its associations with food preferences
Deakin University, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Burwood, Victoria, Australia, 2008

Genetic and environmental influences on children’s food neophobia
Lucy J Cooke, Claire MA Haworth, and Jane Wardle, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August 2007

Food neophobia and mealtime food consumption in 4–5 year old children
Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK, 2006

Short-term vegetable intake by young children classified by 6-n-propylthoiuracil bitter-taste phenotype
Kendra I Bell and Beverly J Tepper, Department of Food Science, Cook College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2006

Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Bitter Perception and Sweet Preferences
Julie A. Mennella, PhD, M. Yanina Pepino, PhD, Danielle R. Reed, PhD, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PEDIATRICS Vol. 115 No. 2 February 1, 2005

TAS2R38: The bitter taste gene
“The two common haplotypes are AVI (often called “nontaster”) and PAV (often called “taster”). Varying combinations of these haplotypes will yield homozygotes (PAV/PAV and AVI/AVI), and heterozygotes (PAV/AVI). These genotypes can account for up to 85% of the variation in phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) tasting ability: people possessing two copies of the PAV polymorphism report PTC to be more bitter than TAS2R38 heterozygotes, and people possessing two copies of the AVI polymorphism often report PTC as being essentially tasteless.” -WikiPedia

Conditions Affecting Nutrition and Weight
Chapter 33: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa,
Debra K. Katzman and Neville H. Golden.
“This chapter describes the major eating disorders encountered during adolescence including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS). The latter group accounts for most adolescents seeking treatment for an eating disorder and refers to those patients not meeting full Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. In one study, using the DSM-IV criteria, >50% of children were classified as having EDNOS (Nicholls et al., 2000).”
EDNOS categories are on page 489, and include:
Food Avoidance Emotional Disorder (FAED);
Selective Eating Disorder (SED);
Functional Dysphagia; and
Pervasive Food Refusal.

A Comparison of Classification Systems for Eating Disorders in Children and Early Adolescence
Behavioural Sciences Unit, Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK, 1999

5 responses to “Bread Box of Knowledge

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  2. “Gracias por este blog. Eso es todo lo que puedo decir. Usted sin duda ha hecho este blog en algo eso es abrir los ojos e importante. Usted sabe con claridad tanto sobre el tema, usted ha cubierto muchas bases. Buen material de esta parte de la internet. Una vez más, gracias por este blog “.

  3. Very interesting!! VERY nice site….awesome approach to helping your son!! Your loving and understanding approach will go a LONG way helping him to learn to enjoy food! Recently, I was able to try SCRAMBLED EGGS!! Hopefully, he won’t have to wait until 53 years old!! You’re a fabulous Mother and doing the RIGHT THING!!!!

    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I am ever so grateful for the support and advice I have received from many adult picky eaters. I am looking forward to the release of your book. Thank you for having the courage to share your story.

    • Your recent work & research just for your son shows your strong desire to understand him. It’s utterly amazing what you’ve done, as I’ve been doing the same research for over 30 years, and it wasn’t until about 1991 (pre-internet) that I went into the USD Bio-Med Lab and discovered a lot of the sensory info. OCD really does seem to play a big part in this. Check out TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation)…..non-invasive and approved by the FDA in 2008. May not be available for children, I would have welcomed an option as a young person.

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