Food refusal in children: a review of the literature

Res Dev Disabil. May-Jun 2010;31(3):625-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2010.01.001. Epub 2010 Feb 13.


Food refusal is a severe feeding problem in which children refuse to eat all or most foods presented and exhibit problems with growth. This review discusses the definition, etiology, and interventions pertaining to food refusal. The interventions utilized for food refusal typically consist of several treatment components. These treatment components are reviewed and implications for future interventions are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / etiology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy*
  • Humans