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American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
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420208 Nutritional epidemiology
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Lifestyle and Health Research Centre
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Although childhood “picky eating” or “fussy eating” or “food neophobia” is well established as a subject of research, commentary, and treatment guidelines, there is very little published research exploring the origins and basis of adult food neophobia, much less its treatment. Existing treatment guidelines for picky eating tend to focus on cognitive behavioral interventions. The consequences of picky eating, although not extensively researched, include inadequate nutrition and weight management difficulties—both significant contributors to the worldwide disease burden. Health coaching has a focus on personal choice, reflection on previous successes and current strengths, as well as identification of a personal health vision and achievable goals. As such, it may play a useful role in supporting behavioral change in adult picky eaters. A structured intervention, rooted in health coaching skills and culinary medicine aimed at supporting such change, is proposed.
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Matthews, S. (2020). Health coaching as an Intervention for picky eaters. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 14(6), 606-611. doi: 10.1177/1559827620943821