Selective Eating Disorder (SED) is an eating disorder that prevents the consumption of certain foods. The British Journal of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry states that: "Selective eating is the little-studied phenomenon of eating a highly limited range of foods, associated with an unwillingness to try new foods. Common in toddlers, it can persist into middle childhood and adolescence in a small number of children, most commonly boys. When this happens, social avoidance, anxiety and conflict can result."
Sufferers of SED have an inability to eat certain foods based on texture or aroma. "Safe" foods may be limited to certain food types and even specific brands. In some cases, afflicted individuals will exclude whole food groups, such as fruits or vegetables. Sometimes excluded foods can be refused based on color.
SED is common in young people with autistic spectrum disorders, as well as with other special needs adolescents. It is commonly accompanied with severe refusal behaviors when non-preferred foods are presented.