Teen Eats Ramen Noodles & Nothing Else -- Every Single Day

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At 7 and 5 years old, my sons are notoriously picky eaters. There are times when it seems like between the two of them, they basically live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bowls of Kraft macaroni and cheese. Their many food refusals can be a source of deep frustration for me (who the hell is afraid of trying an orange?), but now that I've read about this British teenager's addiction to packaged ramen noodles, I'm realizing that things in our household aren't quite so bad.

Georgi Readman is an 18-year-old girl from Shanklin, Isle of Wight, and she doesn't just prefer ramen noodles -- she eats them every single day. While it may sound like a funny quirk, her noodle obsession is actually caused by a serious condition called Selective Eating Disorder, and it's affecting her health in a number of drastic ways.

Readman eats up to nine packets of inexpensive chicken ramen every week, which translates to 30 miles of noodles a year. Her all-noodle diet started when she was around 7 years old, after becoming an increasingly fussy eater. At age 8, she suffered a bout of food poisoning, and that's the point when her food preferences officially tipped over to a Selective Eating Disorder.   

I have such a big issue with fruit or veg because I hate the texture. When I try and eat it I go into panic and get the sweats, and then start heaving when I try to swallow. I can't go round my friends' for dinner or go out for meals with them because I don't want them to see me freak out if the side salad touches the stuff I do eat. (...) Since (my food poisoning) I've been really afraid of being sick and that's why I can only eat certain things.

She's underweight, has no energy, her immune system is fragile, and she hasn't been able to put on enough weight to fulfill her dream of being a professional horse jockey.

In some ways it's hard for me to wrap my head around this girl's problem -- it's like when my kids freak out about trying something new, and I just feel like, really? REALLY, you're creating this much drama over a bite of [whatever]?

But clearly this fear of non-ramen-based foods is a legitimate issue for Readman, and one she's working on through cognitive behavioral therapy. I can't even imagine how exhausted and crappy her body must feel, living on processed noodles day in and day out.

As she puts it,

I hate having to put up with this all day every day. My dream is to eat healthily and put on weight.

For her sake, I truly hope she's able to do so.

Have you heard of such an extreme food phobia before?

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nonmember avatar karae

9 packs of ramen is 3600 calories, and that's if she doesn't add anything. I don't know how she can be underweight.

nonmember avatar NoWay

Wow. The girl is so afraid of getting sick, that she is essentially making herself sick by not eating properly. I hope she gets the help she needs to conquer this eating / psychological disorder.

gridi... gridironsmom

Karae- it said per week. Not per day.

gridi... gridironsmom

For the record she is 5'3" and weighs 98 lbs. She knows she is unhealthy and wants to let others know about it. At least she realizes it's not good to be like this.

nonmember avatar kaerae

LOL Oh, I misread that. 3600 per week? Yikes, that's anorexic.

Stefani Duke

i truly believe that picky eaters are caused by parents. I've had friends that wouldn't thier kids certain things because THEY won't eat them. or others who will stop at fast food places for 'chicken' nuggets. whatever! if they don't eat for a day or so it won't kill them. I feel that if you are picky you pass that on to your kids by not giving them a variety. Each time you pass someything up or make a face, the kid remembers that. I have a kid who eats everything and that is because I refused to be a short order cook. This is what I fixed and if you don't eat it you can try again at the next meal. He doesn't like pork chops much but I fix them anyway. if he doesn't eat them so what. next meal is coming soon...sorry!!! he was almost 7 before he even had a PB&J. Aside from severe food allergies, there is no reason for a child to be such a picky eater that they are classified medically as  failure to thrive...and again, I blame this kind of crap on parents!!!

honey... honeycrisp

I don't blame the parents. My son used to love all kinds of foods and was always willing to try new things. His tastes have grown very limited though. He doesn't like ground meat, large chunks of chicken, or sauces with meats in them. Won't eat Italian food. Doesn't like chicken if it's been frozen. I can hardly get a fruit or veg in him unless it's a smoothie. He practically lives on bean burritos. Oh, and le loves sushi. It's nothing I have done, nor my husband. I cook balanced meals 5 nights a week with a variety of foods. Quit blaming parents for kids and their quirks.. I wish this girl well. 


Cel7777 Cel7777

My daughter and son have been raised the same and exposed to the same foods--my daughter is incredibly picky and my son will eat anything. What this teen is experiencing is beyond the simple "picky" eating that a lot of kids experience. I had a similar type of eating disorder as a child, and it's a lot like OCD, except with food.

stara... starandseen

OMG, instant noodles every day is so FREAKING bad for you!!! Those are so unhealthy!

At least she knows this and is getting help for it. I hope she gets better.

Megan Lee


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