Sometimes mothers with toddlers with picky eating habits are tend to think its because of their poor parenting, but now don’t worry! According to scientists at UCL(Health Behaviour Research Centre), came up with new research that it was the result of genetic influences.
The research has begun to investigate the reason of bad eating habits other than just estimating cause of parenting styles. They targeted twin families, their cohort shares identical DNA, parents, and environment.
They found that both traits have a substantial genetic basis and are not only a reflection of parenting styles. With a higher rate of the home environment and parental behaviour influenced food fussiness and food neophobia, although these environmental factors were less important than a child’s genetic influences.
“Establishing a substantial genetic influence on both of these traits might be quite a relief to parents as they often feel judged or feel guilty for their children’s fussy eating. Understanding that these traits are largely innate might help to deflect this blame,” said Andrea Smith, who led the research.
However, the importance of genes does not imply that children’s fussy eating behaviour cannot be changed.
Dr. Clare Llewellyn, senior lead researcher for the paper, added “Genes are not our destiny. We know of many traits with a strong genetic basis that can nevertheless be changed, such as weight. It would be useful for future research to identify the important environmental shapers of food fussiness and neophobia in young children so that they might be targeted to reduce these behaviours.”
Means that genetic traits are changeable by repeating training via elastic parenting strategies to suit each child. Not just forcing or disciplining them to eat new food. Neophobia is natural reaction for toddlers so let them to see, feel, and smell first then encourage them to try.