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Selective Eating Disorder: Picky compulsive behaviors

What is Selective Eating Disorder?

Selective or restrictive eating behaviors usually begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. Unlike normal fastidious eating behaviors, selective eating disorder has extremely limited food choices, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Disgust or fear of certain textures, appearance or sensory qualities of many foods causes a mental block that prevents sufferers from eating certain foods. Some sufferers eat so little that they lose a lot of weight. This video shows what life with a selective eating disorder can be like reportera WDR format.

Causes and treatment of selective eating disorder

The causes of a selective eating disorder are often unclear and those affected are not necessarily aware of them. Regardless of the cause, however, it can help those affected know that a selective eating disorder exists, that they are not the only ones affected, and that there are treatment options, such as a psychotherapeutic treatmentfrom.

Possible causes include:

  • Disorders of sensory processing
  • Traumatic experiences with a certain food
    • colic in childhood,
    • hypersensitive taste buds,
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If you or the people around you are or may have an eating disorder, you will find relevant offers from the Federal Center for Health Education here.