I read Lucy McDonald’s article on picky eating in today’s Times with great interest, having spoken to Lucy myself when she was researching the article.
While I’m glad that the topic is getting broader coverage, I find I am ever so slightly disappointed with the article for a couple of reasons.
I don’t really mind if the whole country now thinks I subsist on “meat and potatoes” and nothing else, even though that isn’t true, as anyone who reads this blog will know.
But I was a bit bothered by the view of Dr Nadia Micali, from the Institute of Psychiatry. Apparently she reckons that the reason why the medical profession don’t know how many picky eaters there are is “because rarely is it so bad that sufferers see a doctor”. I’m afraid I have to take issue with this, I simply don’t think that it is true. On the one occasion I told my doctor about it, in my twenties, the response was to the effect of “What do you expect me to do about it? Get over it”. I don’t believe I am the only picky eater to have found the medical profession less than helpful either.
If picky eating really is as damaging to our health as the British Dietetic Association would have us believe, then why has the medical profession been so unconcerned for the last thirty years? Do you see what I’m saying? It kind of doesn’t make sense.
Anyway, if you’ve read the article, I’d be interested in what you thought of it.