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TevinTevin from Chesterfield wrote on June 29, 2020 on 2:32 pm:
My names Tevin, I’m 25 years old and have been struggling with picky eating since 5 years old. I would eat bean, green beans, speghetti, and all but since then now I’ve only eaten fries, burgers with just ketchup and cheese, pizza, pb&j sandwiches. Hotdogs. Mashed potatoes and Mac and cheese.

I’ve never tried Mexican or seafood or even Chinese food. And this problem has effected my social life a lot. Just about a couple months ago before COVID 19 happend i decided to try Baby Back Ribs for the first time at TGI FRIDAYS, and tbh it wasn’t what i expected. It tasted too chewy of a meat for me and i ended up not taking another bite.

I honestly want to change my eating habit and have been researching ways on how to slowly start eating new foods. I’m on the verge of changing my daily habits in general after some Unexpected experiences that happens in my life back then
KimKim from Sydney, Australia wrote on June 1, 2020 on 8:58 pm:
Hi, my names Kim I am 28 years old. I have been a fussy eater since I was about 4 years old.
Over the last 6 years I have really struggled with my eating in the sense that I just want to be done with this fussiness and move on with my life!
I don't eat any veggies, no red meat, hardly any fruits. Pretty much the list is: Breast chicken (schnitzel or grilled), bacon no fat, red apples, pasta with cheese on it, milk and there isn't really too much else.
About 5 years ago I wanted to try hypno but my partners mother bought an "energy balance" for me. After it, I came out feel light and positive and tried 2 new things each day. There was no difference.
About 3 years ago I ended up getting to a hypnotherapist and had 2 sessions. Unfortunately that didn't work. I don't believe the lady specialised in an issue like mine.
Now I am at a point where am trying to find a hypnotherapist that can help me, because to me there are no other options. I like the smell of some foods and I am curious and willing to try them I just do not like the taste of them at all, It is so frustrating on my journey to become more healthy because my main staples in life is carbs. Cheese, bread and pasta.
If it came down to it, there is no doubt at all that I would pay to have my tastebuds removed and replaced with other ones that actually like most foods.
This has been the biggest challenge of my life.
If there is anyone, anywhere that knows how this could possibly be fixed. I beg you to get in contact with me to let me know. Thanks
Admin Reply by: Bob
Hello Kim
Just to let you know over the last 18 years of exchanging notes with other people who share our disorder I have not heard of anyone getting much help long term true help from Hypnosis. There is a person in the UK who's name starts with the letter F who claims to help people in just one or two sessions. His first name would also be the same as a very famous cartoon cat from the 1940s. I just don't want to mention his name on this forum. If you do some google searches you will probably find him. I don't believe he can do what he claims to do but he will take lots of your money if you want to try him. Because most of us are hard wired in our brain finding real effective treatments are very hard to find if it's even possible. I'm 72 and I will go to my final resting place with it. But I have found a way to have a great life even if I do live on a 4 year olds dream diet. Always great to hear from the land down under.
DanniDanni from Sacramento wrote on May 27, 2020 on 6:16 am:
This is kind of long but very needed: I’m so sick and tired of people commenting on my picky eating. I’m 25 years old and have been dealing with this my entire life. I’m just so tired. I’m tired of people pushing and pushing and pushing me. No one listens when I say stop. No one listens when I ask them to leave me alone or to drop it. People don’t realize how much anxiety it gives me. No one seems to care about how it makes me feel. It’s always “just trying to look out for you” or “I just want what’s best for you” no one ever seems to care. I have yelled, screamed and fought for people to listen and no one does. I’m just tired of it. I’m so angry and upset that I’m not being heard. When I tell people that I don’t like it they push me “why?why?” That’s all I hear and when I say I don’t to them it’s not an answer. I’m not even sure why. I just don’t. Pushing me to try food is going to just make it worse and not make me want to try new food. I WILL TRY THEM WHEN I AM READY. why don’t people listen! I’m just so drained and tired and I just want them to stop.
I’m sorry this is so long I just I’m suffocating and I’m tired and just need someone. Anyone. To understand what I’m going through.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Just posted your guest book message to our support group message board. I'm also sending you an invite to join our great group of thousands of people just like you. Hope you can find some comfort with us.
Bob K
NickNick from Waco wrote on May 23, 2020 on 9:13 pm:
Okay so i know there are picky eaters out there but I’m 21years of age right now and i have always felt alone on my level of pickiness. Everything I eat has go be plain, no texture. If you thought it didn’t look plain there was a extremely high chance I couldn’t eat it. It has been miserable seeing everybody eat and me being alone with no plate so embarrassing. If I eat anything with texture or that isn’t plain I will Gag and throw up without fail since i was a kid. Never forced to eat anything for that very reason and if I did try to eat something that i knew I wouldn’t get along with it was always a terrible experience. Never feels good gaging on bad tasting food until you throw up. Never met anybody close to my pickiness
Admin Reply by: Bob
Well there are 1000s and 1000s just as limited in their food selections as you are. The medical diagnosis for our condition is ARFID Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. It was entered into the Medical DSM in October of 2013. So you never asked to be the way you are than say someone who is colored blind. You probably have a slightly better chance of improving your food choices which the color blind person does not have. You really would change if you could. But I just wonder how many people in the world would put lets say a dog turd in their months just to look normal. We tend to not see many things as food. Medical professional are still looking for ways to help us. In spite of our problems there is no reason you can't have a wonderful full life. I have found that being up front with our closest friends can help reduce lots of tension for us. Last tip you are probably gifted in other ways and you should take advantage of those gifts. Sending you an invite to our new support group. Now go out and have a great life.
SunnySunny from Corbett wrote on May 22, 2020 on 5:08 pm:
Hi, I'm actually here for my sister, She'has been having some nutrition problems for the last few years. We're pretty sure this is linked to an auditory processing dysfunction she has, which causes her to have trouble with a lot of tasks like schoolwork, chores, and even constructing meals for herself because processing the steps needed is difficult for her. It also means trying new foods is hard.
We both grew up picky eaters but she never managed to get out of that phase really, though we think it's also because she has a minor texture aversion.
I took a nutrition class not long ago and knowing more about it now I really want to help her get the nutrition she needs.
I've been looking around but I could only find things for little kids. She's almost twenty. This website seems like the best place to get advice, so I figured why not write?
Admin Reply by: Bob
I will be sending you a direct invite to our new support group at and I encourage you to re-post there.
MollyMolly from Sacramento wrote on May 21, 2020 on 2:17 am:
Relieved to have found this group. I’m so avoidant of foods that aren’t in my wheelhouse that I’ll go days without eating. Despite this, I am overweight and really self conscious, and want to find healthier alternatives. I’m so worried it’s a fight that I’ll lose and that I’ll be like this forever. Would love to talk to others about this. :’)
Taylor SpragueTaylor Sprague from Athens wrote on May 16, 2020 on 11:05 pm:
I have always felt alone with my issue of eating. I’m extremely picky and have been this way since I can remember. As I’ve grown older, my anxiety and depression have became apparent my eating has gotten worse. It’s nice to see that I’m not alone in this struggle. I’m excited to find this community and find some answers .
GraceGrace from Toms River wrote on May 15, 2020 on 11:34 pm:
All my life I’ve gotten in trouble for the way I eat or been made fun of. And it’s never ending. What pushed me to search for a group like this is my latest dinner. We ordered pizza but not what I usually get... it’s the square pizza with loaded cheese and sauce spilled all over the top! The bread looks toasted good but that’s it. The cheese looked barely melted. Not happy. And when I opened the box to find that I almost cried. Then got questions and judgement from my family about why I wouldn’t eat it. I just always feel so different and shamed for “eating like a 5 year old.” I’m hoping I can continue to find comfort within this group
Admin Reply by: Bob
Sorry I missed your post. You are not alone and we are here. Going to send you an invite to our new group board.
Bob K
ChelseaChelsea from High Point wrote on May 6, 2020 on 9:16 pm:
THANK YOU for answering a question I have had for the last 25 years. It all makes sense. If I could make this go away right now, I would. If anyone can help me, please let me know. I have been overwhelmed and have even had suicidal thoughts over this issue in the past. Thank you for being here, and making this public. You have helped me much more than you will ever know, just by doing that.
Admin Reply by: Bob
No reason you can't have a great life. Most people with our disorder are gifted in other ways. Warren Buffet comes to mind. It is not you our your parents fault. Glad we could make you feel better.
JessicaJessica from Denham Springs wrote on May 4, 2020 on 5:37 pm:
Good Afternoon,
I am Jessica, I have been born and raised in Louisiana. So you would think that I just love cooked greens and veggies... truth is the only green thing I eat is jalapeno peppers...on a dorito...with cheese.
I am 5 foot 6 and weight almost 300 pounds now, due too antidepressants after the flood of 2016. I am in pain all the time, cant walk correctly due to inflammation all over my body etc...Why is this? because I literally cant eat the right foods. Either the texture makes me gag, they smell like a garbage can, or they just look like vomit. I am 30 years old and right now I cant have kids because of the weight and PCOS... I am at a crossroads in my life where I have to make a choice... keep eating the way I eat, some how loose weight and somehow become a parent then die early or I can make a lifestyle change... I am choosing lifestyle change... Eating as little processed food as possible and eating more food from the produce section of the store... but with the sensory problems that will be a very difficult challenge and one that I may actually loose. I literally feel trapped and doomed to die of obesity... Any with pointers or tips please contact me.
John FunkhouserJohn Funkhouser from Winchester wrote on April 27, 2020 on 11:24 am:
Just found this site glad I found it I really thought I was the only one it's hard to for me to talk about this, most people don't understand that grown man is picky eaters and you can't just flip a switch, it has affected most parts of my life especially relationships they think your just being overgrown mom's boy that won't grow up I hate that I am this way, I grew up in the jehovah cult and it really alienates you from people outside after I left it's hard trying to make friends and be social, being picky make that much worse it very depressing just don't know what to do I don't want be alone this makes hard when your woman think your just immature kid it a man's body, finally someone to talk to about this I wish I found it along time ago
Admin Reply by: Bob
It can ruin every aspect of your life if you let it. Being open about it with new friends can be very helpful. Sending you an invite to our support group. Glad you found us.
DestineeDestinee from Lebanon wrote on April 22, 2020 on 6:23 am:
I havent always been a picky eater. When i was a kid, I guess I would eat anything! But over the years I'd get forced to eat things i didnt want to. So just made me never want to try new things. Also I have a huge problem with texture. (I.E. spaghetti, jello, anything slimy.) I just can't get out of being picky. I can't help it. There is some food that I won't eat, that smells good but looks gross. So I wont even try it.
LeahLeah from Gilbert wrote on April 20, 2020 on 8:51 am:
Hello! I have struggled horribly with food my entire life. People don’t usually understand that it goes so much deeper then just not wanting to try something or being difficult. Trust me, if I could snap my fingers I *completely* would. It rules my life, and it makes me feel horrible. Like I’m an issue. I just got into a new relationship and hopefully he’ll understand one day that it truly is very difficult for me and for many of us to fight this. It’s so cool to see other people that feel this way. Makes me feel a little better knowing that I’m not alone❤️
NaveenNaveen from Mumbai wrote on April 20, 2020 on 1:51 am:
Hi, I am naveen from india.
I have been a picky eater from toddler days.Lately I found out that this trait is running in my family and I got it from my grand mother.One of my uncle's is having the same problem which I suffer and my elder cousin also shares the same habit with me.We three have strong aversion to foods which have yucky texture and strange smell.More over i get really anxious while trying new food items.

while checking different sites regarding this I got the info that this situation of mine is not going to change but really thrilled to find people who are similar to me which I hope will help me to cope with the problem and find solutions to certain extent.
MBMB from Atlanta wrote on April 17, 2020 on 2:18 am:
Hello fellow sufferers! I have a question (and I'll admit to not reading through all the posts to see if this has already been discussed). Are any of you "foodies?" As in "I love food. I will travel somewhere for the food. I think about certain foods all the time. One of my greatest sources of pleasure is food." I used to think I was really unique in that I suffer from ARFID, but as still a foodie. Many of the foods I eat I really love. Obviously, my diet is not as restrictive as many, or this wouldn't be possible. But I saw an article in a magazine (can't recall which one) several years ago titled something like "I'm a picky eater and a foodie!" It described me to a T and I am curious as to how many of us there are.
MBMB from KS wrote on April 15, 2020 on 4:14 am:
I've been a picky eater all of my life. I am still a selective eater at 65. I take these tests online and they guess your age based on what you like. i get age 11. LOL! Seriously though, I have had my bouts with allergies early in life. I had an egg allergy at age 1 and also a peanut allergy (legumes of any kind beans, peas, and peanuts) I cannot eat because I am highly allergic. When I was in 3rd grade the teacher made me eat a Snickers. As I ate it, it smelled horrible and my mouth was burning. So I blame some of my pickiness on allergies. But other things like my dislike of tomatoes is weird because I do like tomato products but not tomatoes. I won't eat salad as I don't like any dressings or lettuce that much. I am not big on Mexican food and forget about Chinese food. Nope. I didn't realize that my pickiness could be a medical disorder (anxiety and or depression) or even possibly related to autism. It has been interesting to read what you all don't like too. I can relate very well. Thanks for having this group out here.
AbbyAbby from Midwest wrote on April 2, 2020 on 12:01 am:
Hi all. I just found this site and I’m amazed, I never knew there was a name for what I’ve experienced, or a group of people suffering the same thing. Family and friends have often made me feel weird and guilty for not liking the same foods as them, and for not wanting to go to certain restaurants. It’s always “my fault” because I’m “just being childish”. So to know that there’s a group of people who know what I go through is so comforting. Thank you for creating this site.
Taylor HendricksTaylor Hendricks from Highlands Ranch wrote on March 9, 2020 on 7:25 pm:
My name is Taylor. I am a 23 year old male who is on the autism spectrum, having Aspergers. Throughout my life I have only been able to eat one food: plain chicken fingers. My diet consists of mostly that and junk food. I also have severe depression and have been struggling with it most of my life. Doctors have said I have a chemical imbalance in my brain which makes it difficult for me to function well in life. I am always depressed and feel like I don’t do anything because I don’t have the energy or strength to. I don’t have a license and stopped going to school and still love with my mother. Every time I choose to do something with my life I always fail and stay stuck in the rut I have dug myself in for years. Recently I have begun taking tiny steps in hopes I can get my life on track this year. I always knew I had to do some ring with my diet in order to effectively make change in my life. However when I try new foods my gag reflex kicks in and makes it near impossible to eat anything new. I looked up eating disorders to try and help me find solutions and I came across an article on The Daily Beast and it made me feel better in knowing that I am not alone with this type of disorder. I really hope to become a part of this community to try and be able to open myself up to new foods because I know that if I continue with my eating habits then it will only get worse for my body in the future. This site has shown me a lot of good resources I will be looking into. Thank you for confirming my fears and letting me know that other people struggle with this too.
AJAJ from Deep South wrote on March 3, 2020 on 1:39 am:
I have been a selective eater all my life. I have learned to cope and places not to go cause of the food they serve. Only a few family members know of my issue. Only one makes a big deal of it just as a butt hole kid tirelessly dogged me in school. Very painful memories! Wanted that dirt bag to be hit by a bus for being so hateful! This is long before bullying was a thing. My relative I just tell her to shut up, if she continues i raise my voice and ask her if she has hearing problems. Basically I shout her down. The smell of some food makes me sick, second is the texture. I still detest going out and having ppl pushing food my way I know I do not eat, saying oh this is so good! And my ALL Time Fav...."you don't know what your missing ", I want to slap the dog $$$$ out of the next person that says that to my face! I have a rule: If it's not on my plate it's not my biz! And with the rise of the "foodies" running around , God help me not to slap anyone.
SarahSarah from Wales, UK wrote on February 10, 2020 on 7:12 pm:
Hey guys!
I am so happy I found this website and forum.
My story:
Since the age of 2 years old I have been unable to eat fruit or vegetables.
I have not been through any trauma, no choking, no being forced to eat foods. It just developed?
I'm 25 years old now and so far have gotten by without! But the older I get and the more I learn about diet and wellbeing the more I know I HAVE to eat them. Until this week I had absolutely no idea it was a type of eating disorder! I just thought I was just plain fussy.
I have ALWAYS tried to eat fruit and vegetables and I have never refused to try something new. But each time the same things happens...i gag, sometimes I puke and then usually I cry out of embarassment.
I am not scared of fruit or veg, If they are on my plate i just simply avoid them or pick them out (or give them to someone else).I just physically cannot eat them.
For me now i would like to eat much more healthily and it sounds crazy...but i LOVE animals and id love to be a vegetarian as i do feel guilt when eating meat!
My boyfriend is a pescatarian and i actually tried this with him for about a month eating meat alternatives such as quorn BUT I got super sick from it because I was no longer getting the vitamins and minerals from meat. I have tried making smoothies but to be honest... I really dont like them! I LOVE the taste and flavour of is my favorite but I cannot physically eat just the tiniest slice of mango without gagging which again SUCKS.
I survive, I make my own foods for example: lasagne with tomato puree but no diced tomatoes, diced onions etc in there. I also take a s**t ton of vitamins.
Eating out at a restaurant can be interesting BUT I do manage - again if there are vegetables on my plate i just pick them out.
Overall though... I HATE BEING LIKE THIS! And I have absolutely no explanation why this has happened in my life? I'm 4 ft 11 so very petite (most likely because i do not eat fruit or vegetables) but ive never been too overweight.
If anyone has experienced the same thing with not being able to eat fruit/veg please get in touch I would love to hear from you or any of you. This forum and website is amazing and im so thankful it exists because it does make you realise that wherever you are in the world, your not alone.
Sending all my love to you fellow picky eaters from the UK!
Admin Reply by: Bob
Glad you found our site and you are not alone. Many others suffer with our disorder and none of us ever asked to be the way we are. Many of us have gotten really good at hiding it from most of the people we come in contact with and we do suffer lots of social embarrassment. But in scheme of things there are so many other disorders a person can have that are way worse than not being able to eat a wide variety of foods.