The Difference Between Picky Eating and Extreme Picky Eating

Dealing with extreme picky eating can be a lonely journey. Barely anyone gets it. People will tell you all sorts of things. Some to lift you up and some to tear you down, but neither wind up being helpful.

Do people tell you that your child’s picky eating is “normal?” Alisha Grogan, Pediatric OT explains the difference between picky eating and extreme picky eating.


He won’t starve to death

You should force him to eat (as if it was just that easy!)

If he was my child… (that’s never a good start to a sentence)

Aren’t all kids kind of picky?

You let her eat just that?!


Ugh. I could go on and on. But it brings back too many bad memories.


Kids have extreme picky eating for a variety of reasons. They can have sensory issues, fears of choking, mechanical and structural issues, intrusive thoughts around food… the list can go on and on.


But often, we all have one common goal between us. We want our kids to eat. We want our kids to be healthy.


This week on the AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I have invited my friend and go-to picky eating expert, Alisha Grogan, Pediatric OT from Your Kids Table,  to talk to us about the difference between typical picky eating and extreme picky eating.


She also has a free workshop series out this week that runs from 9/17/19 to 9/24/19 called The 2-Step Process for Moving Your Child from Picky Eater to Healthy Child. Click here to enroll now before it goes away. She is awesome!

Picky Eating Workshop


She offered some really good insight into picky eating in this episode!


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Other Related Resources on Extreme Picky Eating:

PSP 070: When Anxiety & OCD Starve our Kids: ARFID and Restrictive Eating

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 31: Beyond Picky Eating | When Kids Have a Fear of Food

PSP 018: Beyond Picky Eating: When Anxiety and OCD Leads to Selective Eating Disorder