Food Neophobia, is known as being reluctant to eat, or avoiding the opportunity to try new foods. Most commonly, this phobia is seen in children between the ages of two and six. It affects between 50 and 75% of children, in which the phobia is generally known to decrease as the child grows up. Children generally will be hesitant to try foods because of their looks and smells. Therefore, presenting new and different foods in creative and fun ways, tends to get children to open up more about trying them. Although most commonly seen in children, it can continue into adulthood. As a result, adults generally suffer from deficiencies, as well as social exclusion.
In this video, you will hear more about Food Neophobia, and what you can do if someone you know is suffering…
A creative way to present fruits and veggies: