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For 3 Years Woman Only Ate KFC Fearing Other Foods, Never Changed Weight

If you've ever lived with a picky eater, you probably have had more than your share of frustration. You want to order something different on your pizza, but your fussy child will only eat it plain.

Mom always cooks the same few meals over and over because it's the only one your sibling will eat. Dinner party invitations make for extreme tension between you and your honey. Sometimes you just want to shout at a picky eater, "Stop being such a baby and try new things!"

As it turns out, being a picky eater may not just be annoying; it might be a disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders calls it Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

According to netdoctor.co.uk, it's in the brain. Some people's brains are convinced that if they eat certain foods, they will literally be harmed.

A traumatic childhood food experience can cause a picky eating disorder. "Because the brain doesn't understand bacteria or viruses when you're a little child," psychologist Felix Economakis explains. "All it knows is - I feel lousy so it must be food. What else could be making me sick. So it blames food. What's the food I trust? So instinctively these are safe foods because they're simple - they're unthreatening, they taste nice, so we go for potatoes and bread and we avoid the crunchy vegetables because it's more of a stretch compared to toast."

Likewise, if someone has a bad reaction to certain food, such as choking on something, they could develop a strong aversion to the food, and foods that remind them of it.

Georgie Scotney agrees that it's a disorder because she's had it. The 21-year-old from Portsmouth would go days without eating if she was unable to gain access to one of the few foods she was willing to eat: boneless chicken from KFC and French fries.

"Growing up I'd always been really stubborn with what I'd eat, it started off as just southern fried chicken and chips but it then got to the point where it'd only be chicken from KFC - I'd go there every day without fail," she explained. "I was just never fed up with it, I loved to put loads of salt on it too, which I now see wasn't such a good idea - I do think that it had a lot to do with me being scared of a lot of foods, especially sauce, that was the worst fear of mine."

Surprisingly, her weight did not change greatly during her KFC-only diet.

Scotney's boyfriend finally convinced her to get help by seeing a therapist. The Daily Mail says she confessed, "I warned everyone that I was so headstrong and thought that I'd never be able to change." But post-therapy admits: "After the session everything changed for me instantly, I tried new foods that I wouldn't have dreamed of even going near before - and I actually really enjoyed them."

Kayleigh Roberts, in an essay for Bustle, writes that she's tired of people blaming her for her eating disorder, as if the fact that she'll eat almost nothing but a few junk food selections is just a matter of choice.

She remembers her mother convincing her to try one vegetable, so she chose corn.

"I don’t think I swallowed one bite. As soon as it touched my lips, I started dry heaving, gasping over and over almost to the point of vomiting for what felt like at least 20 minutes (but couldn’t possibly have been that long; my mom would have taken me to the hospital). I wanted desperately to eat even just one bite of the corn, but the very attempt made me physically ill. I couldn’t do it," she wrote.

Few people would voluntarily choose to live in a way that restricts them from convenience and enjoyment. For non-picky eaters, it’s definitely food for thought.

Source: HuffPost, Daily Mail
Photo: ZeppFeed, Mail Online, Providr, Mercury News via Providr

Georgie admits that her diet is a disorder.

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