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The Wall Street Journal today has an article about picky eaters who don’t outgrow their selective eating habits as adults. For this reason, researchers are now beginning to gather data on selective eaters nationwide and may soon classify this type under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (rev. 2013).

Doctors once thought only kids were picky eaters, and that they would grow out of it. Now, however, a taskforce studying how to categorize eating disorders for the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, due out in 2013, is considering recognizing for the first time a disorder to be called “selective eating” that could apply to adults as well as children. The DSM, a common psychiatric reference book, would currently lump picky eaters into a classification of eating disorder “not otherwise specified,” a catchall category for people who don’t meet the criteria for a major disorder.

The article goes into how some extreme picky eaters are actually socially affected by their predicament, often not going out or avoiding social situations in fear of being ridiculed.

Anyway, I’m no doctor, but I can already see how a good handful of my friends might be affected by this decision. Selective eaters are very annoying.