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HaylieHaylie wrote on November 3, 2020 on 3:17 am:
Hey, so I just turned 19, and I’ve been an extremely picky eater my entire life, it actually almost seems like the older I get the pickier I get somehow? I’m very glad to have discovered there are others out there like me! up until now I had no idea there was anyone else who experiences the struggle I have with food on a daily basis. I sometimes end up unintentionally starving myself simply because I’m tired of eating the small list of things I do like & eating feels more like work than anything. I would love more than anything to figure out how to get my pickiness to stop taking a toll on my mental and physical health the way it seems to, but it’s not very easy.
hassanhassan from tehran wrote on October 28, 2020 on 9:36 pm:
Hello, I am Hassan.
I do not believe that there are people like me.

I went to a restaurant about four years ago and told the waiter that I wanted a hamburger without side effects and she did not believe.

And I had never found anyone like me.

thanks.
Admin Reply by: Bob
We number in the thousands all over the world.
Katharine JenkinsKatharine Jenkins from Florala wrote on October 27, 2020 on 3:06 am:
Wow I never knew there were people like me. texture is my big issue i love french fries i think i could live on them. i’m such a picky eater with bad eating habits my toddler sits next to his dad at mealtime to hopefully avoid teaching him my poor eating habits
MarkMark from Beirut wrote on October 25, 2020 on 10:11 pm:
Hi I'm 32 years old i suffer from this desorder, I felt embarassed every time I eat with somoene. I hope this site will help me find a treatment.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Sending you a direct invite to our new support group.io
Hannah wardHannah ward from London wrote on October 23, 2020 on 2:24 pm:
Hello,

I am a Psychology student at Brunel University London. I am trying to contact the moderators/owners of this forum to inquire about advertising my dissertation project on the forum.

Thank you on advance,
Hannah
Susan H FryeSusan H Frye from Greensboro wrote on October 20, 2020 on 12:37 am:
I am 56 now and have been a picky eater my entire life. I have been heavier at times but now my doc has me on a calorie count diet for weight gain. I realized how bad my pickiness is as I've tried to plan things to eat. So many times I've skipped eating because I didn't have what I've wanted to eat.
SusanSusan from Greensboro wrote on October 20, 2020 on 12:33 am:
I am now 56 and have been a picky eater my whole life. It has gotten worse over the last year. My doc now has me on a calorie count to gain weight. I realized how much this impacts me now when I was trying to plan for foods to eat. I do have a sensitive palate but textures and smells can also be problems.
beth cookbeth cook from Canonsburg wrote on October 7, 2020 on 3:38 am:
I am hoping someone can help me answer a question. When I was 2 my Mom said I had my chin in my hand and turned my head to tell her to "Look at the Birdies" Somehow my hand slipped from under my chin and I bit my tongue. My parents took me to the Emergency Room. The Doctors said I almost bit my tongue off. They said I would always have trouble speaking, but that isn't true. (Thank God.) My Mom said I was always eating everything, never afraid or disgusted to try basically everything. After I bit my tongue, I wouldn't eat anything different. Very limited selection. VERY. And to this day my food choices probably can be counted on 1 hand. Maybe 1 1/2. Thank God I will eat chicken and a hamburger, although has to be EXACTLY right.
My question is, could I have bit my taste buds off, or disturbed them to affect me like this. I wouldn't think so if my Mom hadn't said I ate every new thing in sight. Then injury and BAM never to eat normally again. I am 54 now, and somehow am healthy. A little overweight and slight blood pressure elevation.
I would really like to know if this is why. I saw a story on Inside Edition and thi website was mentioned. I will eagerly be awaiting an answer if someone has knowledge of or possibly have an experience like mine? I am a big vitamin taker, not sure if this has attributed to my basic good health. Also, I am adopted and have no familial knowledge of eating habits or health. Thank you in advance.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Not sure if almost biting your tongue off could make you a life long picky eater. Most of the adult picky eaters are super tasters and have too many taste buds. But each case is different. I'm also not a doctor so my opinions are those of someone who has the disorder and have dealt with it for over 70 years. I also know lots of us had our disorder start around 2 years old. In my case it started at birth. Lots of people have got the disorder through their genes. I wonder how long did it take for your tongue to heal?
ReeRee from Uk wrote on October 3, 2020 on 8:31 pm:
Hi im Ree and in my 40s, and I'm such a fussy eater, i cant eat fish, chicken, meat or vegetables, hardly any fruits i just feel like if i try it i will be sick, i stick with pasta, potatoes and pizza etc i really want to eat anything but frightened to how can i over come this
AbiAbi wrote on September 30, 2020 on 7:51 pm:
It’s only been really recently I’ve realised how much eating has impacted my whole life. I didn’t realise how much shame And pressure could be put around something Without you realising it, it feels like I’m slowly suffocating. I thought having a diagnosis was finally going to give me what I needed to get the help I need but I feel like I’ve been given a life sentence. I wanted so bad for years for people to hear my screams and please for help and now I finally have an answer I just feel so empty. The realisation that there will never be a “normal” for me again has been a lot to come to terms with but I guess we all have to start somewhere.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Cheer up. When you think about it there are so many other things you could have which are way worse then your struggles with food. There is no reason you can't lead a long happy healthy life. You are probably gifted in other ways and the things in your life you do have control of you do very well. Yes the social aspects can cause you lots of grief and stress. Almost like having a secret identity you hide at all costs. I have lived 70 plus years with it since birth and I have children, grand children and recently the first great grand child. I have been living happy with my 3rd wife for over 20 years. I ran a very successful small business for 35 years that employed over 30 people. I also served our great country in the US Navy. Yes the food issues were a big problem for me in the service. I'm sending you a direct invite to our new support group and you are welcome to post there and get some more feedback from others who know exactly what you have and how it can make your life miserable at times. But they have learned to cope and find ways to be happy. Bob K
MaryKateMaryKate from Allentown wrote on September 28, 2020 on 1:49 pm:
Hi I’m MaryKate I’m 23 years old and I have had issues with my eating since before I could talk. I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t gag or throw up at food. My entire life doctors refused to help me because I’ve never been over/underweight but I’m uncomfortably skinny for my age. 5’2 weight fluctuates between 95-115. I mainly eat pizza, fries, chicken nuggets, and snack foods. I’ve never had a vegetable in my life. Texture, smell, and even the look of curtain food will make me gag. And I will gag or vomit at almost everything new I try, even if I enjoy the food. I’ve been seeking help because I feel like I cannot start my life until I can physically eat. I don’t have any bodies issues and I desperately want to force myself to try new things or eat but it is impossible to do so. I’d like to communicate with this support group because I have never met anyone like me before and it is hard to live like this, especially when you feel isolated or abnormal.
Admin Reply by: Bob
You are no longer alone. I'm sending you a direct invite to our groups.io support group. We also have a facebook group listed on the main page for our website www.pickyeatingadults.com. So glad you found us and there is no reason you can't have a long and happy life even if you never eat any thing new.
Bob K
Margaret CollinMargaret Collin from Bristol wrote on September 23, 2020 on 3:10 pm:
Hello,

I am 29 going on 30 in 4months, and I have been a picky eater for as long as I can remember. Textures are a big thing for me, I won't eat many, many foods because of this. I won't try new foods for fear the texture will be displeasing and I have an anxiety about not liking food people give me. My diet is basically just carbs and sweets. I'm 5ft2in and weigh almost 200lbs. I've spoken to a therapist about my eating, and we are going to try EMDR therapy to see if a childhood trauma caused my picky eating. I've always thought I was alone with this, or at the few least one of a small group, but it seems this is bigger than I thought. It is awesome to have found this support group. To know that, I am not alone with this.
Admin Reply by: Bob
I just looked up what EMDR therapy is. I would bet that you will probably be wasting your time and money especially if you have had issues with food for most of your life. Therapists always like to blame our eating issues on a traumatic choking incident when we were very young. I would really like to hear if the EMDR therapy helps you in any way. I'm going on 20 years of tracking our disorder ARFID as listed in the 2013 DMM manual. I would bet that over 50% of the people with ARFID got it through their genes. I'm sending you a direct invite to our active support group that would love to hear about the EMDR treatments. Bob K
Annie WagnerAnnie Wagner from Chicago wrote on September 21, 2020 on 5:01 pm:
I had aspurgers growing up, a disease on the autism specturm. With that I had hypersensitivity to certian textures. Stuff like mashed potoats, stew, soups, pastas make me gag. I've been doing that ever since I was a kid. I'm trying to over come it. It has gotten a little better. But I can't try new foods in front of people. It hurts me all the time and I feel bad. Seeing this support group is actually really heartwarming to know that there are people out there who struggle with the same issue.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Hello Annie I'm sending you a direct invite to our new support group home. Glad you found us. We are here for you
Bob K
ShannonShannon from Charlotte wrote on September 1, 2020 on 6:17 am:
Please send me the information on the new site. I am 50 years old and have struggled with this disorder since before kindergarten. I have stories to share and definitely need the fellowship on this topic.
Admin Reply by: Bob
I'm sending you a direct invite to our new support group. I hope we can make you feel better.
JackJack from Boston MA wrote on August 27, 2020 on 4:38 am:
Hi I am jack from Boston Massachusetts and for most of my life I have ate the same food for most of my life. I still mostly eat the same things like potato chips popcorn grilled cheese chicken tenders all the so called "fatty foods". But I am happy with what I eat and if your happy with what you eat you and as long as your not harming yourself with what you eat you should not be ashamed with being a picky eater you should embrace it.
KatieKatie from St. Louis wrote on August 24, 2020 on 6:24 pm:
For the first time in my life, I feel like I am not the only person to deal with this stuff after finding this site! I'm 30 and I've been extremely picky for my entire life. I feel like I'm pretty good at avoiding judgement but I know for a fact that my pickiness has made me miss professional and romantic opportunities. I desperately want to eat more foods but I just don't know how to start. How do I begin when I've only eaten the same things for my whole life?
Admin Reply by: Bob
Thanks for posting to our group. We have moved to groups.io and I will be sending you a direct invite to our support group. You could then repost your message as a starting point.
HalimaHalima from Kano, Nigeria wrote on August 12, 2020 on 10:22 pm:
I am 29 and I can eat only 2 times in 2 days because I don't have favourite food . I eat when I'm in the mood to eat my today's favourite food could be my hated food tomorrow and I hate it. I don't know what's wrong with me I look skinny and malnourishedi'm 48kg. I feel blessed to find this website through YouTube documentary.
Kaylyn McElhenneyKaylyn McElhenney from Maryville wrote on August 11, 2020 on 6:40 pm:
I have been an incredibly picky eater for my entire life. Both of my parents were relatively picky as well, and never really pushed me to eat new foods or try new things - if they wouldn't eat it, why would they make me? I'm now 23, and have so much anxiety surrounding food. I've never tried most vegetables. I have never tried any kind of sauce. I hate foods that are watery or soggy. I have never eaten soup. I'm very sensitive to texture, and that puts me off of trying new things. I also have anxiety about how my food is prepared - I want to know exactly what's in it and what it has touched. If I see something I don't like touch food that I am about to eat, I feel physically unable to eat the food. I'm an anxious and high-strung person outside of my eating habits, but my picky eating feels like it's on a completely different level. It frustrates everyone in my life that I refuse to try new things, and I feel guilty because everyone has to cater to my weird eating habits. I would like to branch out and start trying new foods, but I feel like I cannot mentally or physically bring myself to do so. I've lived with my eating habits for my entire life, and I'm accustomed to people reacting strangely to how few things I will eat. But the older I get, the more embarrassed I feel by my pickiness. I wish I could explain to people that I'm not trying to be a brat!
Admin Reply by: Bob
You probably have ARFID Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. It was entered into the Medical Ref DSM in May of 2013. You have the less severe type because you are not malnourished. Does it appear to you that the things you don't want to even try do not resemble food to your brain? You are the way you are. You can expand what you can eat but you will always have a long list of things you will not eat. You might also have a touch of OCD adding to your problems. Many who have ARFID are somewhere on the spectrum scale. I would bet you are gifted in other ways. I will send you a direct invite to our support group which we recently moved to groups.io . Bob K
JayJay from CHICAGO wrote on August 9, 2020 on 8:16 pm:
So, I am 36yrs old and I am have SeletiveEatingDisorder! I've been like this since the age of 4yrs old!! I am 7 out of 8 kids and I am the only one that have a very extreme palate.
I DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING THAT HAVE A mushy texture ! My list of this I do it is about 8 or Less!! My go to is french fries ! Breakfast ,Lunch and dinner!! They have to be done a certain way! In the past year I started eating and trying Chicken breast , it had too look and be cooked a certain way !! I Do not eat vegetables! None!! Nothing absolutely
nothing sea food !!! And the list of things I've never had is very long!! Restaurants, not a problem because usually they have 3 of the items I do it French fries, something bread or something chocolate and I am okay!! OR I JUST ORDER FROM THE KIDS MENU!! It's funny explaining my Selective Eating to ppl they never believe me. I've been with my bf for over 10yrs and he still dont get over how I eat!! Well this is my STORY!!
OF SELECTIVE EATING DISORDER
CassCass from San Diego wrote on July 27, 2020 on 1:51 am:
I grew up as a picky eater and threw high school I started to grow out of it. Trying new foods, etc. As a kid it was only made worse by my single father desperately trying to get me to eat anything new. He took me on a roadtrip trip for 2 weeks when I was probably 8 or 9 and would nto let me eat anything unless it was cold green beans or peas out of the can. This made things much worse of course and I was sick from not eating during the trip I was vomiting up bile. Eventually at that point he let me have saltine crackers. Anyway, my picky eating worsened after that but began to get better once the pressure from him was relieved. Then in high school my mother who lived across the country died and I spiraled out of control of my eating again. I would try to eat the new foods I ad begun eating just a few years prior and I would gag and vomit. It got so bad I couldnt eat anything again but the "kids foods" i had been stuck eating my whole life prior. I am not stuck at 23 with not much change. During college I would try to eat different things in the dining hall so people wouldn't look at me weird, but in times of stress I would find myself in that downward spiral. I have always avoided eating with people and I have become an expert and eating just enough and moving food around on my plate to make me look like I enjoyed the food I was served. I now live with my boyfriend of 1 year and it bothers him immensely. I feel at a loss of what to do or how to get back in control of my eating. I can't afford therapy, and I don't even have insurance. I feel so extremely lost and frustrated.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Your boyfriend should be told that it's very possible you will never change very much if at all. Plus you really never asked to be the way you are. He needs to accept you as you and not constantly try to fix you. You have a real medically recognized disorder that lots of people have. I'm going to send you a direct invite to our new support group and the people there may be able to help you feel better about your issues. No reason you can't have a long happy health life. Therapy for our condition is not very helpful for most. The good news you are not the only one and you are not alone. Probably a day you will remember for many years.