Is there any correlation between being a picky or difficult eater as a toddler and developing an eating disorder later in life?
If you don't mind answering this, how many of you were 'picky eaters' around the ages of 2-4?
It just occurred to me earlier, there was a programme on TV about a young girl who was extremely difficult to feed, and who turned every mealtime into a warzone.
I remember being extremely difficult around food when I was really small, I used to have massive tantrums when I was asked to eat something and would only pick at my food. I only ate an extremely limited number of foods and often went without for long periods of time - but I do not recall ever being hungry.
I hated meat and, at age 3, told my parents that I wanted to be a vegetarian because meat was disgusting. Ditto for fish. I also loathed bread, which makes a lot of sense because I am extremely sensitive to bread, and white flour makes me act like I am on speed (cheap way of having a good night out, shame about the calories). I distinctly remember my mother trying to coax me into eating half a bread roll with butter and honey and all I would do was lick the honey off the top.
Around age 4 my mother decided I was way too thin and gave me some sort of medication which SHE was on, which had caused her to gain weight (I'm glad I don't know what it was... probably something nasty), and I ballooned from underweight to overweight in a matter of weeks. She then decided I was fat and disgusting and not worth the air I was breathing and I was put on my first diet. But that's a different story.
Sorry if this was rambly and long-winded, but we've been having a few drinks.