Do you think we have the right to be PICKY EATERS, w/ so many starving?

United States
February 26, 2007 10:34pm CST
I have 2 nieces and a nephew that wont eat anything but hot dogs, fries, pizza rolls and bar food. Their mom never cooks good foods. She is really lazy and wont take the time to prepare a real meal. So when the kids come over, they immediately say "I hate that" and it drives me crazy. I grew up eating meat, potatoes and veggies w/ every meal. I do the same for my children. I never "let" them be picky eaters. If I cook it, you eat what is on the table or you go w/o. It may sound harsh, but it was never an issue because they just ate what was given. They knew since the day they were born that Mom cooks ONE meal for all of us, and we eat together. Sure there may be some things that are not their fav, but they dont complain. We have people starving all over the world and we let our kids be picky about what they WANT. This is NOT the kids fault. The parents need to get off their butts, take a few minutes to prepare a real meal, not out of a can, or microwave foods. I wont even start on TV dinners. If the parents made the kids eat what was in front of them then we wouldnt have so many picky eaters. Do you think we really have the "right" to be picky eaters w/ so many children starving to death each minute?
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• United States
27 Feb 07
Well im a pretty pickey person myself. My son however eats foods i wouldent even think of ordering thanks to his grandma taking him out to eat alot. I went out for chinease with my mom the other day, and she ordered sushi and my son ate it. At 3! I never would have thought to order that, i wouldent eat it, so i wouldent have thought to get it for him. I ate what was in front of me as a child. Every bite of it, that didnt change the fact that im pickey. I dont like certin foods, and i wont eat them. Nothing i ate came out of a can or a microwave. Everything that was cooked for us as children was a real meal. And so is everything i cook now. There are some foods he wont eat. But if he decides he dosent want dinner. Hes not getting a snack later. Im not going to make him a quick and easy meal later on, he eather eats or he dosent. Generally he chooses to eat later on. After he realizes im not interested in catering to his desires to eat something different. Im feeding him the same way my mom fed us, but we are different my son and I, in the fact that i am pickey and he isnt.
@babyjane (1395)
• Philippines
16 Mar 07
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• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I think there is a big difference between watching what you eat and being an impractically picky eater. As for your nieces, why don't you give them an overview of the whole scencario, that they can't always have what they want. Try to make them participate in preparing a meal so they would realize how much effort it needs and they would understand why they can't always have their way.=)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Of course we have the right to be picky about what we eat! I mean, even if we shoveled everything we withen sight into our mouths, that would not solve the world's food problem. I do think that your neices and nephews need to learn to eat something instead of what they eat, it is your sister's duty as a parent to teach healthy eating habits. Children should have rules as to what they can and cannot eat. Adults, however, should be able to be as picky as they please, since they are usually the ones paying for their own food.
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
28 Feb 07
I take a middle ground. I do believe that children should eat healthy food, and I wouldn't let them live on hot dogs and pizza. But I do think that kids should be given a small amount of choice and should not be forced to eat things that they don't like. Sometimes they legitimately have allergies or intolerances and specific foods can make them feel ill. And forcing kids to eat just leads to eating disorders.
• Canada
27 Feb 07
Good for you i did the same with mine if it is on the table you eat it or very least try it but know that there is no snacking if you are hungry later. It has made my kids more inclined to try new foods and enjoy some they used to hate. There is also a thing called obecity adn kids shoudl eat more food that are healthy.
• United States
27 Feb 07
I believe you're right, we should learn to be not so picky in whatever we eat because we have to think of those who struggle just to have some food to put into their mouths. Another thing is that we don't know up to when our resources could still be available, so we don't know if we could still have the same meal over and over again in the future. I guess being picky indeed comes with upbringing. I pity the kids who couldn't be trained to eat 'right'. I hope the parents would realize that their kids could suffer in the future because of this 'pickiness'.
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Saying that people have to eat more food because someone else is starving is like saying I'm not going to take medicine for an illness because someone else doesn't have access to medical care! I think it would be better to raise awareness of hunger in the world and contribute to organizations that fight the problem rather than forcing people in more affluent areas to eat more. Now, that is not to say that children should be allowed to be so picky. There is the questions of good nutrition. There is no reason for any child in a developed country to lack in basic nutrition. But - I also don't believe in forcing children or anyone to eat something they don't like. I like to offer healthy choices instead of making it a mandatory order. I think that leads to eating disorders.