Development of Child Taste and Food Preferences: The Role of Exposure

Myles S. Faith

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940318 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Development of Child Taste and Food Preferences: The Role of Exposure

Show Summary Details


This chapter reviews factors influencing the development of child taste and food preferences. It begins with a literature review of the earliest flavor preferences for sweet, salty, and bitter tastes during infancy and the effect of early exposure to infant formulas on the later taste preferences. The effects of exposure frequency, food experience, role modeling, parenting styles, and mass media are followed by behavioral techniques to modify children’s food preferences. The final section summarizes commonly used assessments of infant and child food preferences. It is concluded that exposure plays a critical role in shaping children’s taste and food preferences.

Keywords: child development; exposure; food preferences; neophobia; parental feeding styles; taste preferences

Article.  6209 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.