Are picky eaters made or born?

I now this is a bit of a controversial topic, and I certainly have my opinion on this one. But I am curious what your thoughts are:

Are picky eaters born that way or do people make them that way?

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    07/10/14
    I know I am a bit outside of the norm, but I have a son with sensory issues. BIG ones when it comes to food. That's really his biggest one,honestly. He was absolutely born that way too.

    That said, I think we can unknowingly make our kids way more picky then they might be. It's been a long, hard road but Bub is definitely getting to the point where he has a varied diet. He would have been just as happy to eat PB sandwiches every day though if I hadn't asked him to try new things.

    So I think LOTS of kids are born that way and many of us get in a rut of not trying to encourage new things. It's hard, trust me I know.
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      07/10/14
      I think both. I was born that way. My Mom tried everything to get me to eat certain foods and I'm as picky as can be to this day even though I don't want to be.
      But then I know kids who are picky because they were never made to try things and they won't try them even as adults.
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        07/10/14
        I think its partially both. Everyone's tastebuds taste things in their own way and therefore each of us favors different flavors, textures etc. But at the same time I also think that children pick up on what the people around them do and don't like. And use it as a basis for what they do and don't like. I know I personally am picky and there are a lot of what most people would consider normal foods that I won't eat. I don't think that being picky myself helps my daughter from doing the same, i think it makes it more likely that she'll be picky too.
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          07/11/14
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            07/11/14
            4Marla
            I think it may be more of a texture issue than a taste issue. My oldest daughter does not like fake whip cream or cheese. She will only eat the fake nacho cheese but it doesn't have any cheese in it. She has always been this way. However, those are the only two items that I never had her try a bite every time we ate it.
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              07/11/14
              Beth
              I would have to say born since Mason is the pickiest eater on the planet and Audrey... who is only 18 months younger and is exposed to the exact same things as Mason - will eat anything and everything we put in front of her.
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                I think there are some aspects of being a picky eater that kids are just born with. But I also think there is a lot parents can do to curb being a picky eater. First off expose your kids to different foods. Also make sure you try the same food repeatedly, kids often don't like foods the first time. And kids are more likely to eat the foods you eat, if you are a picky eater your kids will be too.

                I was raised with three rules, which I plan to use with my kids. 1) There is only one dinner, no special orders 2) You have to try everything on the table, even if you don't like it 3) If you say yuck you get a second helping.
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