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What Causes It? November 10, 2006

The short answer is that nobody seems to know.  Yet.

What seems likely is that picky eating is not a unitary phenomenon – for some people it’s to do with their ability to swallow, others have a strong sensitivity to taste and texture, or an over-active gagging reflex.   Some may have had a traumatic early experience with food of some kind, prior to which their eating was “normal”.  For others it may have started as an issue of autonomy.  Most picky eaters can only guess what caused their pickiness.  I wonder whether picky eating might not persist through adulthood because a critical developmental window is missed (for any reason).  Many abilities that develop in early childhood develop only at a certain stage – vision is one, language is another – perhaps if the opportunity for learning to accept new foods is missed, that is what makes it difficult to learn it later.  If so, adults then may learn to be less picky, but it would explain why it often requires hard work, good luck, and perseverence.  Another possibility is that picky eating has a neurological cause.  I gather it has been associated with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and with autistic spectrum disorders.

Here’s what they told me at Anred, a website for Anorexia & Related Eating Disorders, when I asked them:

“The causes of picky eating are several. Some adults were super-tasters
as children, and they remain so as adults. Sometimes picky eating is a
manifestation of obsessive/compulsive disorder. Sometimes it signifies
a power struggle — with a living person or even continuation of a
pattern that was created long ago with someone who is now gone or
deceased. Sometimes picky eating is a sign of a cautious person who has
found his or her comfort zone and does not care to adventure out of it
with new and different foods. And sometimes picky eating is a symbol of
independence: It’s my body and my life, and I’ll do as I please
regardless of what anyone else thinks! I’ll even pay the price of
social embarrassment to make my point.”

The people at Anred haven’t actually pointed me to the source of this information, so I can’t tell you what it’s based on.  Their website mentions childhood picky eating, but does not specifically mention adult picky eating.  Although the person who emailed me with the above info says that the information they have on children applies equally to adults, the website does not even acknowledge that we exist.  No wonder we feel alone.

If you have a theory, we’d love to hear it.


34 Responses to “What Causes It?”

  1. Andrea Says:

    Okay, I’m not a picky eater, but I’m married to one. Until today, I thought there was something wrong with him that we needed to fix–especially since he’s overweight and has high (LDL) cholesterol. My very excellent husband’s a cheese eater. Don’t know if he’s addicted to it, but it sure disappears fast from our frig.

    Here’s my point: both his parents were alcoholics and I wonder if that conditioned his taste buds to be hypersensitive. One problem, of course, is that I don’t know the eating patterns of his siblings.

    Any thoughts?

  2. Marilyn Says:

    I work in healthcaree and I have been picky all of my life but I dont have OCD or any kind of disfuctional family or childhood experiences, My theory is its allergies after talking to one of our Integrative Med doctors I found out I’m allergic to wheat, citric acid, most non dark green veg and a whole host of enviro triggers like trees,grass and dust also cats and dogs even though I have two cats and a dog. In short the reason why I cant eat bread,pasta,most fruit and veg,icecream,candy, crisp and anything fried is my body rejects it either by taste or smell and in some cases like with tomatos, soda and lemons welts and rashes happen. I urge everyone to get a complt allergy scan you might be surprised.

  3. Jack Says:

    I don’t know what causes this.

    I read all your stories on this blog site an am somewhat encouraged by what I read.
    Unfortunately I don’t see anyone that is a worse case than me. I truly take the grand prize for bad eating.

    I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to understand why I’am this way. Although I have never actualy done anything to change, (like see a shrink or talk to someone) it tells me I really don’t want to change.

    It seems there are more females on this site than guys. Part of the embarasment of this condition for me is that I have never “felt like a real man” cause I can’t eat the fish that I catch, pork chops, buffalo wings or anything that the macho guys like to chow down on. I stand back in the shadows.

    I’m a father of 4 healty eating grown children, 2 boys/ 2 girls.(Thank You God)

    I personally despise the abuse excuse, and it took me many years to come to grips with it but I do believe my affliction is the result of childhood sexual abuse by my father and a hospital worker.

    This is going to sound very bizarre.
    Let me say I’m throughly hetrosexual, but somehow my brains wiring of food and sexual insecurity went amuck at a very important developmental part of my life.

    I can’t belive I said this.

    • Karina Says:

      Jack don’t worry. I also take a grand prize for picky eating. I’ve posted here before, and my post was pretty darn long. My diet is truly limited to not only foods that don’t make me think “ew”, but foods that I actively enjoy.

      I’m not sure about adults and adolescents, but I’ve heard that in childhood, it’s more common for boys to have SED (Selective Eating Disorder) than girls.

  4. mariclaire Says:

    Jack –

    Congratulations on what you shared; I know how difficult it must have been. I, too, have a history of sexual abuse and have wondered if that somehow figured into my picky eating issues. My hunch is that most of us need to know/learn/accept that we needn’t shame or hate ourselves for this very trying problem, one that usually is so hard for “outsiders” to tolerate.

  5. Jack Says:

    And thank YOU for sharing that. Till now on this site I had read so many similar stories however I continued to think that no one eles is as picky or has the baggage I carry. I’ve ofen wondered was it self inflicted shame I cause for myself or do I have I hated myself into a slow suicide…
    So thank you again for your comments renewing my faith that I’m not alone.

  6. Laura Vass Says:

    My heart goes out to anyone that has suffered any type of abuse, but I’m extremely heart sick for anyone that has suffered sexual abuse as a child. Personnally I’ve never given any thought as to why I’m such a picky eater. I just am and I’m extremely lucky to have never experienced any type of abuse.

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  8. Rosie Says:

    My Boyfriend is a fussy eater. He only eats Mcdonalds fries, only chips from our local chippy, White bread no crusts, very rarely baguette type bread. Heinz Tomato Soup, no other make or flavour, Cereals like nesquik,coco pops, weetos and sometimes weetabix. Every day he has a loaf of white bread, tears the crusts off and makes wotsits sandwiches, crushing the wotsits in the bread using clingfilm, he does this every day at work! Every few days we have to go down the river and feed the ducks bags and bags of crusts, they love us! Dinner is usually tomato soup with more white crustless bread or 2 portions of chips from the chippy. We don’t eat out at restaurants, i have to cook for myself. SOOO many times i’ve had to help him out in situations, like when he was best man at wedding and we were sat at the top table and he was shovelling food into my napkin and some onto my plate. I often let him buy his food first and wait until he has decided if the chips are cooked enough or not too much (perfectly fine for everyone else) because if i buy mine at the same time i end up with two meals or throwing food away. We have been together for 6 years, i completely accept his strange ways but i worry for his future health, it would be irresponsible for us to have children that were not healthy because of how he is. I would like to point out that he is very active and works 9-5 monday to friday and plays football 3/4 times a week. and is ill less often than i am. I love him to pieces but i just want him to eat fruit and veg, roast dinners!! and i think what he is missing out on all the lovely things. He does fancy things and like the look and smell but just can’t eat them. Would counselling help? He went to the doctors when he was about 14 and the doctor said to his mum to let him eat whatever he wants and he would eat things in his own time. but he is now 22 and he hasn’t changed? Please help, he doesn’t talk about it much but i know it makes him miserable and i don’t want his health to suffer in the near of far future……thanks for listening to me rambling on……hope someone writes back…Rosie

  9. Claire Says:

    Hi Rosie!
    As far as I know (touch wood) there aren’t any major long-term health consequences (but then there isn’t terribly much research on this, so I could be totally wrong).
    But equally, I don’t know of any quick fixes either. In my experience the only thing is to gradually learn each food one by one. It takes ages. You have to start with a tiny amount, and the aim is just to get some down, not necessarily to use that food for normal eating purposes straight away. I’d also say it helps to start with something that is similar in some way to something he already eats.
    If he doesn’t respond to peer pressure or social pressure, he’s unlikely to improve much, I would say (but again, your mileage may vary). Does he want to improve his eating? It may be that counselling would help, if that is something he’d want to do.
    If I were you, I’d point your bf to this site, and see what he thinks. I reckon just talking about it is a good starting point.
    Sorry not to be more help

  10. I'm Me Says:

    There may be various causes of “picky” eating, but I know I am “picky” (not really the right word for it) due to SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder. All my senses are affected, including proprioception and vestibular, and this is where my eating inabilities come from. SPD is a neurological disorder. My brain cannot properly process the input of what is sensed, including taste, touch (i.e. food texture), and sight (i.e. what food looks like). SPD causes many other problems in my daily life, as well.

    Some of you other folks may want to get checked out for SPD. I wasn’t diagnosed with it until I was an adult – and I had never heard of it before I got the diagnosis. When I looked it up, it hit me why certain things are how they are – and, wow, other people don’t experience things like that? No wonder they don’t understand me!

  11. Carrie Says:

    For years i looked for people that had this problem. Everytime i searched and couldnt find anything, it made me feel like i was the only one in the world who has this problem. Thank goodness i finally found others that are EXACTLY like me. My picky diet was never a problem in high school, but now it is a cross that i have bared for years. Even though i am trying these days to do better, i still need some kind of help to pull this off. I wish people would show up here with the answer that CURED them. I will never be able to be truly happy til i know i can go to any restarant and find something on the menu that i can eat. Meanwhile, i feel like a prisoner to this untreatable disorder.

  12. melissa Says:

    im 20 years and ever since i can remember i have been very fussy with my eating. i remember that i used to eat ‘normal’ until i was about 5 or 6 , i cant remember why i suddenly stop, all i know is this is just how i am. I do agree that it has to have a connection to OCD. I went to a clinical psych and tried hypnotherapy i had 6 sessions and found it helped little but i did not practice at home due to other committments but also there is that fear of not knowing what its going to be like as a ‘normal eater’. im not saying it doesnt work everyone is different and everyone gets different results.
    I dont eat any fruit , the only vegetable if you count it is potato, but i only eat this is chip form. My diet mainly consists of plain foods inclluding cheese , pasta, chips and chicken mainly. meats i eat, i will eat steak but only porterhouse or scotch fillet, chicken – 100% breast only and wings. lamb- only the french cutlets. i dont eat pork but i do love bacon, but only if its nice and crispy.
    even when eating steak i will literally basically disect it for pieces of fat.
    pizza – plain cheese only. Pasta, will eat it with mince and sauce- but the sauce has to have no chunks or herbs in it so usually a tomato puree. NO ONION!!!
    then i basically live ony junk lollies, chocolate, chips and crackers and biscuits.

    I am worried for my health but i still resist to change. the fear of the food holds me back. i know it cant hurt me, i know its not bad, Its just eww and gross to me and i dont want to touch, taste or even smell the foods i dislike.
    so not only do i not like to eat because of taste, smell and texture but i refuse to touch most of these foods aswell, as if they would infect me if i did even though i know they wont.

    People simply dont understand they think that i just dont want to eat it, but its more than that it is a fear, a phobia almost.

    Recently i have become engaged and would love to be able to eat what everyone else is eating at the reception, i know if im sitting there disecting my food i wont enjoy myself and takes away from the whole dining experience.

    anyway theres just a little bit of my thoughts and problems! hehe

  13. Kate Says:

    Melissa I am totally right there with you- I laughed at the no onions part because I am the SAME exact way.

    Its such a mental barrier thing- and its like I get tired of it. For example I am always cutting out the bad spots of my apples, and when I try to ignore them and just eat the apple- i CANT do it.

    I hate not only being unhealthy but everyone constantly harassing me about it, and bugging me to eat stuff. My boyfriend get so aggravates because we will go out somewhere like olive garden and they will put basil (?) on my pasta- and I will sit there and pick out everysingle little green peice because I don’t want to be eating soft pasta and hear a crunch.

    Im not sure what the cause is- when I was 8 my parents tried the whole eat this or you dont get any food at all tonight- but I just didn’t eat for two straight days and that was the end of it. They still try to push stuff down my throat and make fun of my for not eating this or that….
    I have identified that it is something to do with texture through- maybe its because I either need to inspect my food completely, or I use a change in texture as a sign of danger—- but then I guess the question is why I am so paranoid about it….

  14. Lamb1981 Says:

    I’m a 27 year old fussy eater and have been for as long as I remember. I don’t eat veg expect potatoes peas and sweet corn, I don’t eat salad or tomatoes onions, mushrooms, fish. It does upset me sometimes when I go out for a meal and I am restricted in what I order. I would love to sit down and order a salad and be confident that i know i would eat it with foods i don’t like i to be they look nice and i wish i could eat them. I have tried to changes my diet but when i put the food in my mouth i can’t chew it and then i can’t swallow it. I have no clue why, i do often think that the foods are dirty.

  15. Mindy Barrows Says:

    I’ve been a picky eater all my life. I found this website last year – what an amazing relief it was to know I’m not alone! I’ve often wondered why I’m a picky eater, and now I have an idea (a question, really) that I’d like to share.

    I had heard about a condition often referred to as Texture-Aversion wherein certain textures (e.g. corduroy, vinyl, steel wool) cause severely unusual reactions (e.g. fear, hives, nausea). I’d heard it may possibly be caused by being born a little too early (maybe a week or two prior to the due date), but within a very narrow window of time. This window is supposedly when the fetus’ skin goes through a “finishing phase”, and being born during this time interrupts that process.

    Well, I was born about a month early, and I’ve often wondered if perhaps that might have something to do with my picky eating. I was talking to a friend today and she mentioned that her 4-year-old nephew is also an extremely picky eater. When I mentioned my “theory”, she said her nephew was also born about a month before his due date.

    So I have to ask: Anyone else?

  16. T Rose Says:

    I have never been to one of these places before, but what a shock and interesting read it is, and to know there are so many people like me out there!!! I am just finishing a psychology degree, and fussy eating is still not recognised properly. It seems a shame that no-one is looking into the causes and cures.

    I stopped eating all food except toast when I was 5, I was at the time moved to Germany and I think the only thing I knew I could control was my food, however, I was sexually assulted out there too. I have gradually allowed new foods into my life, however, I have a bland diet, and it has been so awkward I can’t eat in resturants, I have seperate and always had seperate food from my family. I don’t eat any meat except chicken and not on the bone! I don’t eat fish. I don’t eat tomatoes or other salady things. I will eat vedge now like peas and carrotts, however they have to be mushy. Texture is a big deal to me, and if I attempt to be brave enough like last week I tried an orange and I hates it! The texture made me want to throw-up. I don’t eat fruit and I really HATE onion!!!! Its in every kind of food! Does anyone wish theyw ould make ready meals and foods without onion or tomatoe? Maybe with a soft texture too? or if it involves meat or something burnt and crispy? I have a habbit of liking things oevr-cooked too! I’be had OCD so, maybe its all of the theories so far?!

    I have always been healthy and look fit, however, recenctly I have become vitamin B12 deficient, and have injections… its worrying me, and my Doctor keeps telling me to eat better but he doesn’t realise I can’t.

  17. LaNell Says:

    Well, with all the horrible British food it’s no surprise that the country’s full of fussy eaters. You guys should grow a pair and try some ethnic food. Thai doesn’t have to be spicy to taste good, sushi doesn’t have to be raw if you’re afraid of it. Hell, try some spice in your food. Cajun food is amazing. Honestly, my 3-year-old kid has a more sophisticated palate than you guys. I’m not trying to be down on you guys, but you are missing out on one of life’s great pleasures. It’s self-defeating and it is UNHEALTHY. You will not die if you eat an apple. If I could I would personally cook for you all, to show you what you’re missing.

    • Jess Says:

      Do you not realize we KNOW we are missing out and want to fix it? I’d give anything to have a “sophisticated palate” at 3 or any age. We don’t CHOOSE to be this way. We know we won’t die from eating an apple, or anything else deemed “normal.” We just have an involuntary reaction that causes an inability to eat certain things. And there are many great food pleasures that I have enjoyed. Steak is my favorite food. It’s heavenly to me. I’m sure you have your own. But fruits? No such luck. There has got to be SOMETHING you despise to eat. Just think of having to choke that something down and multiply your reaction by ten. That’s about the level we function at. If you don’t understand it, that’s fine. Just please don’t act like your cooking will save us all. You probably are a phenomenal cook. You seem to have many good ideas for people who don’t have this disorder who just don’t like Thai, Sushi, or Cajun foods. But making us feel worse for something we cannot control, is not only unhelpful, it is decidedly ignorant.

  18. Claire Says:

    Gosh, thanks for that, LaNell!
    What a helpful and constructive comment!

  19. Anna N Says:

    LaNell, I pity your kid if they become picky when they’re just a bit older, like I (and many others) did.

    And for the record, I’m American. Picky eating is not a British phenomenon.

    Good job of “not being down on us”. No, really.

  20. Kim Says:

    Hello All,

    I have read all of your stories with sympathy and interest. I am a TV director working on a strand for a new eating/health TV show for Channel 4, looking at people who only eat one or very few types of food. We are working with an eminent CBT therapist.

    I am looking for a couple more people to appear on the programme. If you are interested in hearing more about the series, please email me at


  21. Rachel Murphy Says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I am currently studying Journalism at the University of Portsmouth and at the moment, I am doing research into writing an article on selective eating disorders. It’s something that I am a mild sufferer of and I would love to have the opportunity to talk to anybody else regarding it. The article will be unpublished and is only being used as part of my coursework portfolio. I would be very grateful for any help that can be given.


    Rachel Murphy.

  22. Mat Says:

    I thought I was abnormal ’til I came to this site which still does not seem to know how to cure SED.
    I have such a limited diet that it gets worrying sometimes whether I find something to eat. 😦

  23. Tania Says:

    Hi everyone…
    My 5 year old son is exactly like you all on here… I have been pulling my hair out with this problem and gone from Dr to Dr but they have told me he will grow out of it, BUT, I can tell he ain’t gonna grow out of anything… He is such a picky picky eater, to the point that he only has 3 food he likes to eat and that is it… potato, bread and noodles… that is it!!!! and has been for the past 4 years… Every time i go to give him something out of this menu, he starts crying and telling me his hand and neck hurt… It takes a lot out of him and without sounding like i am taking the attention of my son, it is taking a lot out of hubby, me and my other son… We have stopped the battling over food, that use to happen at every meal, and now i have just given into feeding him bread for dinner and the occasional potato chip and 4 scoops of noodles…
    Its great to see this web site cause i have been searching for the past year for some help on this issue…
    Is there something you all think I should do now that you wish your parents had done when you were younger to help you out??????
    thanks for reading my post and thanks for posting cause it helps others out there feel like they are not the only one…

  24. Tara Says:

    I have a pre-teen nephew with an extremely narrow range of foods he will eat… mostly bread-type foods (white, simple carbohydrates)… with some coaxing it appears he has expanded to a specific brand of take-out pizza and fast-food fish sandwiches. His parents have explored all sorts of medical causes, consulting a geneticist most recently, who “can’t find the cause.” Other relatives say he ate normally until 3 years of age, which coincided with his mom’s high-risk pregnancy of his twin sisters (before that he was an only child in a 2 parent family with a stay-at-home mom and no pets). They had to hire a nanny for him while she was pregnant, and also to help with the twins after their birth. So, while there was no “trauma” in the traditional sense of the word, the situation was probably traumatic to him. I believe his “picky eating” has less to do with food and more to do with the special care and attention his mom affords him because of his “illness.” As a toddler this behavior functioned as a means to ensure mom still paid special attention to him, and to this day there are many family activities that are planned around his food preferences. She still cuts his food for him at restaurants, to give a specific example. I feel the only way to effectively treat this issue for him is a cognitive-behavioral therapy such as is used to treat phobias or obsessive-compulsive disorders (including psychiatric medications is needed). The most difficult part is not treating the child, but helping the family to be able to deal with the extreme behaviors that are likely to result as they try to make changes in a very entrenched behavior pattern. And to get the parents to let go of their own guilt and self-blame long enough to actually do something to help their kid. Mom’s behavior made sense at the time, because she wanted to nurture him and reassure him that he was still special. She needs to find new ways to do that which do not involve food or eating. Given how chronic the issue is at this point, probably the only way to treat it initially would be an inpatient or day program for eating disorders, unless REALLY intensive home-based treatment were available AND the parents were really committed to the treatment…Probably not worth anyone’s time unless there was intensive family therapy as well…

  25. scott Says:

    I’ve been reading a few of these posts and believe my problem was caused by childhood trauma. My dad was very bad tempered and beat my Mum over little things. She left him when I was around two, but then she never had a lot of patience either. So it’s possible with the best intentions, or fraying tempers, that either tried too hard to make me eat and caused my SED. I also had another problem around age 5-7 where I was walked to school by a boy and he forced me to the ground and forced a banana skin in my mouth as he knew of my problems. I can remember being about 3-4 and eating more than I did after this event. But being 38 the memories are vague now. I also believe in the ‘window of opportunity’ when it comes to learning to eat new foods. This stage starts when still a baby, where the playing with food, trying, reaching, vomiting, etc is normal. Miss this and as an adult it becomes very difficult to overcome.

    Each of us is different and has different causes but it doesn’t help much knowing this!

    I saw on a program, possibly Freaky Eaters, that it can help to play with food and smell lick etc just like a small child does. It then progress to placing in the mouth and chewing. This can take many attempts to get to this stage, they said around 20! Whether this is a cure or not I don’t know. I haven’t the courage to try it I’m sad to say!

  26. brittany Says:

    Hi, I am 19 and I am a picky eater. I have been picky since I was about 4. I have improved a lot over the years, but it is still pretty bad now. I refuse to ever try roast,pork chops,salad, tunafish,etc. I do not eat any spicy food,Chinese food or seafood and I am limited on Mexican food too. My tacos, enchilades and quesodillias have to be plain w/ just cheese no meat or veggies. Also my pasta sauce has to be plain again(no veggies or meat),my hamburgers have 2 have mustard&cheese only,my toast,waffles,biscuts etc. have to only have butter on them,my eggs have to be fried&I dont eat the yolk.My boyfriend yells at me because he wants to go places to eat but we can’t cuz of me.

  27. brittany Says:

    him and his siter hate it and they put me down about it constantly.I told them that if I try something and I don’t like it then my body rejects it and they threw it back in my face. So anyways also my foods cannot touch, I will not eat leftover pasta,I used to only use Heinz ketchup but now I will use any kind. My diet mainly consists of things that has cheese on or in it.It is so embarassing to be picky because ur the only one not eating the same thing,I have to avoid parties bcuz i’m scared there will be food I won’t like,and getting put down about it sucks.I have gotten better but its hard 2 break out of any bad habit or lifestyle.My bf and mom have 2 buy certain foods 4 me @ the store.My advice try 1 new thing maybe once or twice a month and try it a couple times.I don’t know what caused my picky eating I saw that one girl mentioned her dad had a bad temper and would beat her mom or something and that’s how my dad was.My boyfriend is also like that with me. I hope everything works out for all of u good lu

  28. Mason herrington Says:

    Do you know a place or website where I can meet/talk to other picky adults like me??

  29. picky eater Says:

    I am a very picky eater and I’m 19yr old female… I don’t like onions(although if I don’t know they’re there or if I don’t taste them or feel the texture it doesn’t bother me) mushrooms,any peppers(green,red, ect) pickles or anything pickled I haaaaate vinegar it makes me sick, I don’t like salad dressings or any condiments only butter and bbq sauce, I only like spaghetti with meat and tomato sauce, I don’t like a lot of tomato sauce on my pizza, I don’t like macoroni salad potato salad or coleslaw, I like just plain lettuce for salad I don’t mind plain mixed cabbage with carrots, I don’t like brown beans, homemade hamburgers, I’m starting to dislike hotdogs, I don’t like tomatoes or ketchup but I like ketchup chips, I don’t like most flavors of chips (dill pickle, salt n vinegar,all dressed and many others) there’s a lot more food I dislike I don’t wanna sit and name it all I think you get the point I’m picky lol. I really wish I wasn’t picky but I don’t know how to fix it, and I don’t know why I am.

    Here’s my theories:
    -My dad is a very picky eater although I think I’m pickier cause hell eat most of what I don’t like
    -when I was little my mom was a single mom raising 3 kids and was struggling so she could only feed us what she could afford so that might have something to do with it
    -i was highly ocd when I was little
    -and textures are big if I don’t like the texture such as onions and I hate crunchy foods in my soft food like if its ment to be soft I don’t like little crunchy pieces (spaghetti with celery or onions or anything else crunchy) and I don’t like when food that’s ment to be warm is cold (pizza,or ravioli before its heated up) and I don’t like certain leftovers (kraft dinner-macoroni and cheese)

    So if anyone could help me understand why I’m the way I am or what makes me a picky eater?

    Ps. I’ve never had any eating disorders (anorexia,bulimia)I dunno if that matters. even though they say picky eating is considered a disorder so I guess in that case yes.

  30. scott Says:

    look up Amber Henderson from the U.S on freaky eaters U.S episodes, she believed that it was built in her as part of her genetics and on the show they done a test that 95% of the population fit into 2 categories, tasters and non tasters, this cannot be applied to everyone as this is still new for use on people like us but thats because i believe we are invisible to researchers and docters or any health profession out there for actual diagnosis or mass testing with funding to determine a conclusion, not to forget that we are still far and few between in comparison to the focus of todays many health issues, but that does not mean we dont deserve any less attention, as today most of us suffer in silence through embarrassment of 101 questions of who ever learns of this as i have for the past 25 years.

    she had her test done and the results came back as inconclusive, and the docter in the program mentioned to her the researchers have never seen anything like it.
    I am not suggesting that this is the case for all of us but it is the strongest option that i believe as a road to some answers for some of us that can possibly create a web to the rest if not the majority, i am not a medical profession but someone who is looking for answers, there for i wouldnt rule out any possible theory that can help us all be on the right track for understanding and possibly be recognised within the medical system for diagnosis and future possible treatment for many different individual circumstances.

    Amber has her own blog spot called peainapodcast and a link to her blog can be found through but a U.S version where you can take part in a survey that can contribute to our cause in finding an answer but there is still a long road to go.

    Or i could be wrong, what have we really got to louse.

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