Food can be delicious, as well as psychological. The article covered a study that was performed to examine the prevalence of forced consumption and the role it plays in food rejection. The research found that when someone has had experience with being forced to eat a food they did not want to eat, they are more likely to have more of an aversion to that food in the long-run, and are more likely to be a picky eater.
I for one, have never been a picky eater. I also have no recollection of my parents ever being forcers of food, although they have been encouraging to try new things. I think that’s why, as an adult I’m very open to trying different types of dishes. My personal experience with forced consumption somewhat correlates with what the article was making a point of. The less experience a person has with forced consumption, the less of a picky eater they will be as an adult. Of course that doesn’t happen with everyone. My brother was the pickiest eater as a child. My parents were never forceful with food, but always questioned why he was so picky and often compared his eating habits to mine, as if his aversions were weird and why he wasn’t more open like me. Now as an adult, my brother is actually more open to trying new things and I would definitely say he is no longer picky. It almost makes my parents proud that he now is willing to eat everything and anything. I’m not sure if in some way their vocal opinions about his being picky was on any spectrum of forced consumption, but I know that if anything, their encouragement made him pick up his fork.