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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

You're a Picky Eater? You Might Have a Disorder

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge Chicken nuggets and fries: Universally loved, even by picky eaters.
  • Chicken nuggets and fries: Universally loved, even by picky eaters.

SFoodie refused to eat green beans, raw onions, and celery until our teenage years, so we figured it was karmic retribution to watch our five-year-old nephew, pout staunchly affixed to face, sort through everything we cooked for family dinners. In a five-year-old, it's annoying. In a 30-year-old, it's a personality disorder, says the Wall Street Journal.

The paper profiles a 39-year-old woman who can count the list of foods she eats on two hands. She refuses to sit at the table during celebrations or make social plans around food. Another man interviewed for the story, who runs a support group for picky eaters, provides a sample diet that makes SFoodie hope he can suck down Metamucil.

Duke's studying these eaters, surveying people who suffer from "finicky eating in adults" disorder, which also may get its own listing in the DSM, the manual that helps define mental disorders. What a hell it must be to look at all food as a source of revulsion! SFoodie hopes someone helps them learn to love lettuce. If finicky eating disorder is anything like restless leg syndrome, though, we dread the inevitable commercials hawking whatever drug relieves picky-eating problems. Unless we can find some on the black market to slip in someone's apple juice the next time we're cooking for the family.

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