I just watched the third episode of BBC3’s “Freaky Eaters”. I missed the first two, so this was my first chance to see what it was all about.
I cried when I saw Dave trying to eat things, because I felt like I knew what he was feeling, and the two “experts” didn’t seem to have much of an inkling. Obviously Dave was not “addicted” to cheese – I think that was a stupid, sensationalist way to describe his problem – it was just that he couldn’t manage to eat anything else.
I cried too when they talked to his parents, and they began to realise what their son had been through. I’d never heard a non-picky eater acknowledge some understanding of how difficult it must be to be like this.
I still can’t imagine what it would be like for someone in my own life to express some kind of sympathy for my experiences. I thought I was lucky just to have some tolerance.