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Table 1 Questions used for classifying children and proportion of children by eating behaviour at 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 years

From: Problem eating behaviors related to social factors and body weight in preschool children: A longitudinal study

Characteristic Category 2.5 years 3.5 years 4.5 years
Behavior: Picky eater   14.0 16.9 15.9
When she/he is at home with you for the main meal, how often does she/he eat a meal that is different from the other members of your family? Always 1.7 1.5 0.7
  Almost always 3.7 2.5 2.5
  Sometimes 11.5 13.0 15.4
  Almost never 83.1 83.0 81.4
In general, does she/he refuse to eat the right food? Never 29.0 22.7 17.9
  Rarely 20.9 20.5 22.8
  Sometimes 37.8 43.2 45.2
  Often 12.3 13.6 14.1
In general, does she/he refuse to eat? Never 25.1 29.1 32.1
  Rarely 34.5 33.1 36.4
  Sometimes 36.0 33.7 28.1
  Often 4.4 4.1 3.4
Behavior : Overeater   22.2 18.9 23.4
In general, does she/he overeat? Never 72.5 72.5 67.1
  Rarely 16.8 17.7 20.9
  Sometimes 9.1 8.0 9.8
  Often 1.6 1.8 2.2
In general, does she/he eat too fast? Never 68.3 71.1 67.2
  Rarely 16.3 16.1 17.6
  Sometimes 12.2 10.2 12.1
  Often 3.2 2.6 3.1