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Food Refusal Associated With Illness

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 November 2000

Gillian Harris
Affiliation:
School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, P.O. Box 363, Birmingham B15 2TT
Jacqueline Blissett
Affiliation:
School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, P.O. Box 363, Birmingham B15 2TT
Rebecca Johnson
Affiliation:
School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, P.O. Box 363, Birmingham B15 2TT
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Abstract

The incidence of food refusal associated with illness is reviewed, not illness by illness, but according to those factors that affect the ability to eat; normal learning about eating, aversive learning about eating, regulation of appetite, children's cognitions about foods, and parental anxiety about intake. Diseases affecting the major organs are likely to generate food refusal based on at least one of these factors, if not all of them. However, some minor disease processes can also have a major impact on food acceptance. Child temperament also affects food acceptance and may interact with the disease process to produce food refusal.

Type
Commissioned Review
Copyright
© 2000 Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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