Almost every child goes through a stage where he or she is picky about food, wrote UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly in their Keeping Kids Healthy column. “You can’t force a child to eat, but luckily picky eating usually improves as a child gets older. Children establish a certain amount of independence through mealtime because once they start feeding themselves, they can choose what they are going to eat. Their refusal to eat what you put on their plate may actually have less to do with the food and more to do with the need to show this independence and test your authority. This is why pressuring your child to eat certain foods may backfire,” they wrote.