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Picky Eating and Selective Eating

Mirasol Offers Support Groups for Families

Mirasol now offers support groups for families who are struggling with selective or picky eating.

"We've learned that there's a need in the community to provide a way for parents of picky eaters to get together and support each other, and to acquire tools that will help them cope with a challenging issue that affects the entire family," says Mirasol Executive Director Diane Ryan.

A new study by Duke University's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences suggests that highly selective eating in children between the ages of 2 and 5 has a higher incidence of anxiety, social anxiety, depression or ADHD, and some may go on to develop eating disorders in adulthood.

It's not unusual for children to go through phases where they refuse to eat certain foods, perhaps to draw attention to themselves or to exert control over parents and siblings.

However, a new study conducted by Duke University's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences suggests that highly selective eating in children between the ages of 2 and 5 has a higher incidence of anxiety, depression or ADHD, and some may go on to develop eating disorders in adulthood.

Weekly groups for parents and a separate, safe play group for their children (ages 4-10) will give families the opportunity to share experiences and resources.

picky eater support groups

Both groups will be lead by Mirasol therapists who can provide referrals to dietitians, pediatricians and therapists in the community to families who need additional help.

The cost is just $10.00 per family per session (no fee for additional family members).

For additional information or to register for Mirasol's picky eater support groups, please call 888-520-1700.

FREE Eating Disorder Support Group!

FREE weekly eating disorder support group for adults struggling with food issues, staffed by therapists from Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Centers. Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 pm at 3116 N Swan in Tucson. For more information, call 888-520-1700.

"Mirasol is light years ahead of any other program in the country."