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Feeding Disorders: Epidemiology

Pediatric feeding disorders are a complex set of conditions, and there is limited consensus in their classification. Broadly defined, feeding disorders are diagnosed if an individual presents with insufficient food intake that adversely affects health or psychosocial functioning. Feeding problems can include limited food intake, failure to progress to age-appropriate food textures, or overly selective eating. The heterogeneity of their presentation, limited agreement in defining them, and variability in assessment methods make epidemiological study of pediatric feeding problems and feeding disorders challenging. Consequently, studies report insufficient data on incidence (i.e., the number of new cases that arise in an established period of time) and a wide range of prevalence estimates (i.e., the proportion of individuals who present with characteristics of a disorder in an established ...

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