Over the Years we have had certain questions asked over and over. Here are the most frequently asked questions by new visitors.
Many thanks to long time group member, Adam Gibson, for providing these great answers. Caution, these ideas are only opinions based on numerous correspondences between support group members and not recognized medical facts.
Bob K, Picky Eating Adults Support Founder
Will Hypnosis help?
It is entirely possible that Hypnosis will work for you. I believe the mind is an amazing thing and that if you believe strongly in something and give 100% of yourself that positive things can happen. However, when I was a teen I underwent hypnosis therapy. My family spent all kinds of money to cure me of the picky eating. They put me under, planted key words and then submitted me to the world. At dinner time my Mother would utter these key words to trigger my openness to try new foods. While they did make me feel a little different when the words were spoken, not once did I eat a new food. Either the smell or thought distracted me enough not to want to even try. If I did get it by my lips I would either gag or throw up, which was not different than before the therapy. So, why I do not want to discourage you from trying this method, my experience tells me it might not be worth your money.
Will my eating keep me from having healthy children?
As a father of 2 healthy boys, I can say that my picky eating didnt stop me from producing offspring. My older son has some of the traits I have, but at least eats fruit with every meal. My younger son, still just a baby, eats anything and everything he can. In our group we have many women who have healthy children, some picky eaters and some regular eaters. I would guarantee you that our disorder will not stop you from having healthy children.
What treatments are there?
I have done a bit of research on this topic and can tell you there are not a lot of treatments available. Of the ones I have tried, my favorite is introducing similiar foods into your diet. For example, if you like french fries try a baked potato. If you like ketchup, try tomato paste. This has helped me introduce foods into my diet. The other treatments I have seen range from hypnosis to shock therapy, but nothing I can recommend. My least favorite is the sneaking food into other food method. From my experience that just causes trust issues.
Will I die young?
For years this was my biggest worry. Doctors, parents, teachers, etc have all warned me I wouldn’t make it to “X” years old. However, I am 39 and have a mostly healthy life. I believe our bodies adapt to the foods we eat and that we can live as long as the normal eaters. Besides a lot of us don’t drink, smoke or have problems eating everything available at buffets.