What is an Adult Picky Eater?
An adult picky eater is someone who only eats a highly limited range of foods on a daily basis. Picky eaters typically have a difficult time eating certain foods based on their taste, textures or aromas. “Safe” foods may be limited to certain food types and tend to be plain or blander in nature.
For more information about Adult Picky Eaters please visit http://www.pickyeatingadults.com for a great website and support group. I will never forget the first time I found http://www.pickyeatingadults.com and realized that I was not alone and that there were other picky eaters out there. Although picky eating was not recognized as an official disorder at the time, it gave me hope to know that it wasn’t just me and maybe one day we would figure out the cause of our picky eating. For me, that day finally arrived on November 26, 2016 when I discovered picky eating had been diagnosed as an official disorder and there was actually someone who could help.
So what is the cause of picky eating?
There was no answer to this question for a very long time and I am so thrilled to say we finally have an answer! Picky eating in adults has been diagnosed as Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) or Selective Eating Disorder (SED). Selective Eating Disorder is an eating disorder where the consumption of certain foods is limited based on the food’s appearance, smell, taste, texture, or a past negative experience with the food. The underlying cause is psychological and is essentially a strong aversion or food phobia that was triggered in the subconscious at a young age. For more information please watch the following videos.
Below is also a helpful chart to illustrate the difference between normal picky eating for children and selective eating disorder in teenagers and adults.