Are You a Picky Eater?

By: Ira Kurylenko
Updated: 3 months ago
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Picky eating might be a common behavior but it is quite detrimental to one’s health in the long run. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to diagnose it as early as possible. 
And the first step is self-assessment. Or, assessing a family member to help them! 
And this is where we can help! Take this quiz to find out whether you might need professional help immediately. 

What Are the Dangers “Picky Eaters” Face?

Picky eating does seem like an innocent quirk at first, just a preference in food. However, it always develops into a serious danger factor as the time goes. Not wanting to eat broccoli as a child because it’s yucky is one thing, but habitual picky eating should be diagnosed and treated. 
As a glimpse into the possible future, you should know the adverse effects of this disordered behavior. It can lead to: 
Nutritional Deficiencies
Picky eaters often avoid certain food groups, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This can lead to deficiencies in essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, which are crucial for proper growth, development, and overall health.
Immune System
Poor nutrition can weaken the immune system, making picky eaters more susceptible to infections and illnesses.
Psychological Impact
Picky eating can cause stress and frustration for both the picky eater and their family and close friends.
Social Isolation
Picky eaters might avoid social gatherings and events that involve food, which can lead to feelings of isolation and exclusion.
Long-Term Eating Disorders
In some cases, extreme picky eating behaviors might contribute to the development of eating disorders

The Picky Eater Test 

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What is this test for?  
Note: this quiz is not a diagnostic tool; it’s created for entertainment purposes. You can use it as an assisting tool in self-assessment. It includes a number of signs and common behaviors of picky eaters and gathers your response to compare the two. Thus, it gives you an outside look at what your food-related behaviors are based on your answers ALONE! The result fully depends on how you answer and whether the information is truthful. 

Overall, we have gathered 20 common habits most picky eaters are noted for. If you fit the majority of them, you are a picky eater. We cannot tell how serious the issue is but we can highlight its presence. 
If you are using it to access your family member, or, in most cases, your child, take time to observe them and even ask direct questions about food to paint a correct picture. 

It's important to note that many children go through phases of picky eating, which can be a normal part of development. However, when picky eating becomes severe or persistent and is affecting a child's health and well-being, it's recommended to seek guidance from a healthcare professional. 
If you are taking this quiz as a young adult and still have such issues, do ask for professional help. It won’t go away on its own anymore. 

Are You a Picky Eater? Questions

picky eaters test Do you like dishes with a ton of different ingredient?
  • yes, it's more flavorful this way

  • yes, but I mostly have to clearly see each of them

  • no, less is better

  • it depends

picky eaters test Just how much do you love cheese?
  • a lot! it's the best snack and everything has to be covered in cheese

  • well, you can't go wrong with cheese, but I'm not obsessed

  • it's my main snack

  • I'm not a big fan

picky eaters test Do you follow any particular strict diet? (like vegan, carnivore, keto, pescatarian, etc)
  • yes, I've been doing it for a while

  • I'm just trying a few things

  • I'm on one temporary (for health/aesthetic reasons)

  • not really

picky eaters test How much junk food do you eat?
  • I eat mostly junk food

  • quite often but I do eat homecooked meals as well

  • more often than I should, I try to limit it

  • not that often

picky eaters test Do you like mixing different textures in your meals?
  • yes, let's make the dish interesting!

  • I try but it's trial and error after all

  • I can mix certain textures, not all

  • absolutely not!

picky eaters test Are fries/chips your go-to comfort food?
  • yes, only them forever!

  • sometimes, I have different comfort foods

  • not really, I don't eat them often

  • too unhealthy for me

picky eaters test When pealing an orange/mandarin, you ..
  • make sure to remove EVERYTHING! it has to be naked!

  • just peel them, I can do with a bit of that white stuff

  • I peel them quickly, not too particular

  • I only cut them

picky eaters test Do you like eating out?
  • yes, I enjoy that

  • no, I need to have full control over my food

picky eaters test There is a challenge where you need to try foods blindfolded and name them. Would you participate?
  • yes

  • no

picky eaters test Do you plan your meals days ahead?
  • yes, I do that

  • I don't like it but I have to meal prep sometimes

  • not days, but a day before for sure

  • I rarely do that

picky eaters test If somebody offered to feed you for a whole day, you would....
  • gladly agree!

  • that's a no form me, I eat my own food only

  • is it my mom? I can trust only her

  • only if we discuss what's on the menu

picky eaters test Are you good with eating a variety of vegetables?
  • yes, I like many vegetables

  • I'm not a big fan, but I eat them for nutrients

  • I'm better with some vegetables but will refuse many

  • no, I barely eat vegetables

picky eaters test When cooking at home, do you have many seasonings at hand?
  • yes, I enjoy mixing them all myself

  • a have several, yes

  • I only a have a couple of basic ones

  • I don't use spices beyond salt and pepper

picky eaters test If the food looks awful but smells good, would you at least try it?
  • yes

  • no

picky eaters test What if it looks great but the smell is not nice?
  • yes

  • no

picky eaters test Are you usually excited for mealtime or anxious?
  • excited

  • anxious

picky eaters test Does it happen that you gag when you eat particular foods?
  • yes, I have very strong reflexes if something is wrong with the food

  • well, usually not, but it can happen sometimes

  • not gag but I'll spit it our immediately

  • I have no such issues with food

picky eaters test Do you have a breakfast routine? Like eating the same things every day?
  • yep, I have a sure menu

  • I have certain foods that I prefer for breakfast, it's kind of a rotation

  • I plan a day before, but prefer variety

  • I'm flexible; just go with the flow

picky eaters test Do you have overly specific orders when eating out? (removing/adding ingredients, controlling how they are prepared, etc)
  • yes, I'm very specific (my friends have strong opinions about that)

  • I have a couple of requests for certain ingredients

  • I have a medical condition, so I have to

  • in most cases no

picky eaters test Is there a certain dish that you always eat a particular way and wouldn't do that any other way?
  • yes

  • no

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Ira Kurylenko

Meet Irene, the quiz mastermind who is constantly pushing the limits of what we know. She is a true quiz connoisseur, crafting brain-bending questions that challenge us to think outside the box. Her quizzes are the perfect blend of fun and educational, making her a fan favorite.