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Eating Habits and Food Preferences: Learned or Genetic

How do childhood and adolescent eating habits, likes and dislikes influence adult dietary choices. Are these learned behaviors or genetically inclined?

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1. How childhood and adolescent eating habits, likes and dislikes influence adult dietary choices. Are these learned behaviors or genetically inclined?

Most would agree that eating habits are learned, and not genetic. A child's learned eating patterns and habits in childhood are often carried over into adulthood. For example, if a child learns to eat sugars and sweets, and high fat fast food; likewise, in adulthood. For example, classical psychology points toward early childhood diet as a prominent factor in the development of obesity, specifically the transitional period when infants are weaned from milk to solid food. Also, psychologists have found dietary habits learned early on can have a strong effect on adult eating patterns and, consequently, the probability of becoming overweight or obese. Food insecurity resulting from being deprived of food as an infant (by parents who ...

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This solution discusses how childhood and adolescent eating habits; likes and dislikes might influence later adult dietary choices. It also explained whether these behaviors are learned or genetically inclined. Supplemented with an article on obesity and extra links for further investigation.

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