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2013-04-10 12:00:20 PM  
Another day, another attention whore in another completely fictitious Sun "article".
 
2013-04-10 12:00:33 PM  
That's using your noodle
 
2013-04-10 12:03:06 PM  
How would this kid not have scurvy?
 
2013-04-10 12:03:33 PM  
It will prepare him for college.
 
2013-04-10 12:04:59 PM  
A friend of my family's son, ate nothing but pizza. After he moved out and went to college he got very sick and was hospitalized because he couldn't eat correctly.

//cool story bro.
 
2013-04-10 12:05:22 PM  
subby sounds boiling mad. if this was their child that kid would be in hot water!
 
2013-04-10 12:07:16 PM  

coolcashiat77: A friend of my family's son, ate nothing but pizza. After he moved out and went to college he got very sick and was hospitalized because he couldn't eat correctly.

//cool story bro.


Nutritional deficiency?
 
2013-04-10 12:09:08 PM  

buckler: How would this kid not have scurvy?


Exactly, along with a number of other nutritional diseases.
 
2013-04-10 12:09:52 PM  
A child with "Selective Eating Disorder" is my worst nightmare. If my hypothetical children fussed about everything, I'd lose my mind. I already went through a year of my husband thinking he didn't like most foods, slowly broke him of that (his parents are terrible cooks, he never learned and his mom loves being a martyr about it) and if I had to start all over with a kid, I'd be done. Its hard enough to cook for my in laws on the 2-3 times a year that we get together at our place or when you have to pick a restaurant that fits 3 picky eaters (FIL, BIL and nephew).
 
2013-04-10 12:10:25 PM  
Good for her. She's saving money. It's bootstrappy.
 
2013-04-10 12:11:19 PM  
I was talking to a doctor the other day and out of nowhere she bragged that her 16 year old daughter has never eaten a vegetable.  And my uncle's girlfriend is proud of the fact that she's never eaten anything green; she'll tell you every chance she gets. These people are out there.  We don't have to pay attention to them.
 
2013-04-10 12:11:28 PM  
I remember a story from Britain some years ago about a 9 year old kid whose mum let him eat nothing but jam sandwiches. "I like jam because it's sweet," he said, "and nothing else tastes good," or some such nonsense.

I'd be in the "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" "EAT IT OR WEAR IT!" school of thinking on this subject, and there'd be no damned jam in the house if my kid tried to pull that crap. WTF is wrong with some parents?
 
2013-04-10 12:11:54 PM  

coolcash1777: A friend of my family's son, ate nothing but pizza. After he moved out and went to college he got very sick and was hospitalized because he couldn't eat correctly.

//cool story bro.


How did that happen most college kids live on pizza and beer without any problems

Pizza is not that bad for you assuming you don't eat an entire large in on sitting by yourself
 
2013-04-10 12:12:22 PM  
This is just evolution in action. Let the little biatch die of malnourishment.
 
2013-04-10 12:13:24 PM  

socoloco: It will prepare him for college.


This. She'll certainly have no trouble adjusting to dorm life.

/fondly remembers "dorm spaghetti:"  ramen noodles + ketchup from packets taken from local fast food places
 
2013-04-10 12:15:24 PM  

Splish: I was talking to a doctor the other day and out of nowhere she bragged that her 16 year old daughter has never eaten a vegetable.  And my uncle's girlfriend is proud of the fact that she's never eaten anything green; she'll tell you every chance she gets. These people are out there.  We don't have to pay attention to them.


They're train wrecks though, so hard to look away. My nephew won't touch vegetables. I'm truly horrified that someone that works in the health field (such as the doctor you know and also my MIL and SIL) are so willing to accept unbalanced diets. Then again, my nephew has had obvious speak issues since the age of two and he started getting therapy for it at 4.5 years old, because it wasn't convenient before. And the family doctor continually said he was OK. No one could say anything about it without getting shut down because the doctor said he was OK. Medical professionals can be idiots too.
 
2013-04-10 12:18:51 PM  

ImpatientlyUnsympathetic: Medical professionals can be idiots too.


This is clearly true, but they're not usually idiots with regard to medical issues.
 
2013-04-10 12:20:59 PM  
Followup story: Teenager has 15 foot tapeworm in digestive tract.
 
2013-04-10 12:21:27 PM  
F*ck picky eaters
 
2013-04-10 12:23:07 PM  
Subby forgot to mention that she is smoking hot.
 
2013-04-10 12:23:24 PM  
Deep fried noodles is far more nutritious than what the average Englishman Briton Limey eats.
 
2013-04-10 12:24:02 PM  
Ah, poor Johnny Bates. The mind of a child, forced to witness unbearable evil, and it retreats into itself...
 
2013-04-10 12:25:49 PM  

socoloco: It will prepare him for college.


And we're done here.
 
2013-04-10 12:27:53 PM  

Splish: ImpatientlyUnsympathetic: Medical professionals can be idiots too.

This is clearly true, but they're not usually idiots with regard to medical issues.


IDK, my mother in law has pulled some seriously bone headed moves when it comes to health with my husband and my nephew. Like the time she was without insurance and she decided to take my husband (when he was 13) home after he broke his leg in a soccer game. She didn't think his leg was actually broken, so she said, "if its broken now it will be broken tomorrow!" He had a tib-fib fracture. Once his adrenaline wore off, he was in excruciating pain and she had to take him to the ER. They cased him to the hip for 6 weeks and to the knee for another 4-6 weeks. The to-the-hip cast was so heavy, he ended up having to be home schooled because it was too difficult to get to school, get around school and get home without being exhausted and unable to keep up with school work.

Then, one time, she asked her mother in law what she put in a cake made for my nephew's birthday, even though she learned it contained nuts which my nephew's mother already believed were allergens for my nephew, she still served it to him and then lied when my sister in law asked about it. Then, when his face got puffy, she blamed her 90 year old mother in law for making a cake with nuts, even though I was there when she asked about nuts in the cake. YAY ER visit for your first birthday!

Medical. Professional. 30 years experience. Thinks she's smarter than everyone.
 
2013-04-10 12:28:45 PM  
There's a branch of my family where we're fussy eaters. One relative who just turned 93 or 94 (eek I forget which) literally has never eaten a veggie in 90 years. Not kidding. She's also always been very thin and loves sweets. I'm not as bad, but I was pretty bad. Going out to eat was always sucky because I was the asshole who had to special order everything. I only liked bland foods, no condiments. No salad dressings. Nada. My best friend embarked on a quest to change this (with me wanting to obviously). Whenever I try a new food, I generally don't like it at first. Even if I DO like it...I can't eat a large amount, only a very small amount. I have to do that 3-4 times before I can eat even a decent portion of it. I feel like I'm going to throw up otherwise.

I could never eat hot or spicy foods either. Now I love them. I eat tacos (omg they're so good). I love grits. LOVE THEM. Oatmeal too.

But I can't even describe to you how difficult its been. And I really couldn't have done it without a lot of patience and cooking from my BFF. And I freaking love the fact that I can order right off the menu without making substitutions. :D

The only thing I've refused to try so far, were sardines. I just couldn't bring myself to do so. And the only thing I've discovered I do NOT like is pineapple. Do NOT like. But, I'm going to revisit it in other configurations. Raw chunks were super icky though.
 
2013-04-10 12:31:39 PM  
Funny how kids with Selective Eating Disorder (fancy term for abnormally picky eaters) have parents who cater to their shiat. I know one who only eats bologna sammiches on wonder bread, dry, and boxed mac and cheese. That's all she eats. And the parents allow it. Yes, she's as hideously sickly looking as you'd imagine.
 
2013-04-10 12:32:54 PM  
Okay Miss Raised-on-ramen,
i.imgur.com

I raise you one cheesedoodle girl:
i.imgur.com

...and a soapsuds lady:
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-10 12:34:55 PM  

Johnny Bananapeel: Okay Miss Raised-on-ramen,
[i.imgur.com image 620x413]

I


The ramen must be affecting her eyesight. She trims her own bangs, and badly - she missed a whole bunch.
 
2013-04-10 12:35:11 PM  

namegoeshere: Funny how kids with Selective Eating Disorder (fancy term for abnormally picky eaters) have parents who cater to their shiat. I know one who only eats bologna sammiches on wonder bread, dry, and boxed mac and cheese. That's all she eats. And the parents allow it. Yes, she's as hideously sickly looking as you'd imagine.


And if it wasn't for the flour and noodles being fortified with B vitamins, she'd probably be dead. Cripes.

I knew a girl who would show up with nothing but buttered noodles for lunch sometimes. Her parents were too busy with their business to pay attention to whether there was food in the fridge for the kids.
 
2013-04-10 12:35:34 PM  
My daughter and I are both eating Ramen Noodles for lunch right now so I'm getting a kick out of this.

Seriously though, if this story is true it's nothing more than a severe parenting fail.  The problem starts when parents project their own tastes onto their children at a very young age by doing such things as wrinkling up their noses and saying, "eeeew are you sure you want to try that spinach?  You probably won't like it."  Serve up a side of veggies like it's something new and special and let the kids decide for themselves whether or not they like it.  Oh, and don't do something stupid like "hide" the vegetables in other foods and lie to the kids, i.e. calling mashed cauliflower mashed potatoes.  And start early with the new food discovery -- as soon as the kids are sitting at the table with you.

The result of this line of thinking?  My kids eat all sorts of vegetables like they're going out of style.  Why?  Because even though their friends may have told them that Brussels Sprouts are nasty, they've learned that everyone like different things.  They understand that they won't know if they like something without first trying it.  And they know that if they don't like it, mom and dad aren't going to force feed it to them but instead try another vegetable or serve up one that they do like.

Come on already parents.  Giving your children nutritious food is not the hard part of the gig.
 
2013-04-10 12:35:39 PM  
FTFA: "I've even eaten them dry and uncooked before!"


Well, that's nice that she's getting some variety.
 
2013-04-10 12:35:41 PM  
The 5ft 3in teen weighs just seven stone and has the health equivalent to that of an 80-year-old.

More information please?


"I always fancy noodles and could easily eat two packets at once.

I think we all can...  That's not even remotely unique.
 
2013-04-10 12:38:32 PM  

Maul555: "I always fancy noodles and could easily eat two packets at once.

I think we all can... That's not even remotely unique.


That's because they put crack in the little flavor packet. Addictive!
 
2013-04-10 12:43:02 PM  
Again?
 
2013-04-10 12:44:02 PM  
my favorite is the woman who claims she can only drink either pepsi or coke and no other liquids.
 
2013-04-10 12:44:04 PM  

ImpatientlyUnsympathetic: And the family doctor continually said he was OK. No one could say anything about it without getting shut down because the doctor said he was OK


This could be a case of selective hearing.  My mother was put on a low cholesterol diet which, in her head, she followed religiously and told the doctor that as well.  So the doctor put her on pills.  What she didn't tell him was that she was going through a stick of butter a day.  Her oatmeal was floating in butter.  Since the doctor thought she followed the diet as she said he concluded that her diet wasn't the contributing factor.  She translated this as that fast food was not causing her rise in cholesterol and therefore she could eat all the fast food she wanted.

Same thing with her diabetes.  She would eat "sugar free" deserts and tell the doctor how she was using fake sugar all the time while leaving out the fact that she was going through a 3-liter of soda a day.  Same thing as the cholesterol, she twisted it around to where her diet was not a contributing factor and concluded that she can eat/drink all of the sugar filled treats she wanted.

She's not doing it intentionally.  She has pathologically lied to herself and fully believes that none of her health problems are her fault.
 
2013-04-10 12:45:53 PM  

buckler: How would this kid not have scurvy?


We fortify bread products so that's how she's still alive.

My roommate is like this though not has severe, kid will NOT eat any veggies except for tomato sauce, potatoes, and corn. I pureed some veggies into a soup for him and he freaked out about the "veggies".

His favorite food is 2 boxes of Mac and Cheese, 2 packs of Ground Pork, and 2 packs of El Paso Fajita Spice. It's like a chemical explosion in my mouth, ick. He'll eat the whole thing for dinner.

He's horribly obese and is killing himself, I'm trying to get him to see a shrink.
 
2013-04-10 12:46:05 PM  
I have a noodle for her.
 
2013-04-10 12:47:42 PM  
If potatoes didn't contain Vitamin C, we'd be seeing a lot more scurvy I think.
 
2013-04-10 12:48:11 PM  

Lady Indica: There's a branch of my family where we're fussy eaters. One relative who just turned 93 or 94 (eek I forget which) literally has never eaten a veggie in 90 years. Not kidding. She's also always been very thin and loves sweets. I'm not as bad, but I was pretty bad. Going out to eat was always sucky because I was the asshole who had to special order everything. I only liked bland foods, no condiments. No salad dressings. Nada. My best friend embarked on a quest to change this (with me wanting to obviously). Whenever I try a new food, I generally don't like it at first. Even if I DO like it...I can't eat a large amount, only a very small amount. I have to do that 3-4 times before I can eat even a decent portion of it. I feel like I'm going to throw up otherwise.

I could never eat hot or spicy foods either. Now I love them. I eat tacos (omg they're so good). I love grits. LOVE THEM. Oatmeal too.

But I can't even describe to you how difficult its been. And I really couldn't have done it without a lot of patience and cooking from my BFF. And I freaking love the fact that I can order right off the menu without making substitutions. :D

The only thing I've refused to try so far, were sardines. I just couldn't bring myself to do so. And the only thing I've discovered I do NOT like is pineapple. Do NOT like. But, I'm going to revisit it in other configurations. Raw chunks were super icky though.


You should be very proud of yourself, changing something so deeply engrained is a huge accomplishment. No sarcasm. I went through this where I had to break the picky fussy eater habits of my husband (we were just living together at that time, but I literally could not cook for him.) My husband still hates mushrooms. Its OK, I don't like them either. When we met, he would eat chicken, some fish, broccoli, carrots, green beans, onion, lettuce, some fruit and starch - potatoes, pasta, rice and white bread. I am actually very proud that he worked through his food aversions. His favorite foods are brussel sprouts, cauliflower, pork, leafy greens, etc. He eats the weirdest breads now, ones that are not in my wheelhouse. He drinks Kombucha, eats quinoa, likes sushi, etc.

I like pineapple grilled with cinnamon. But don't force yourself... certain foods are never going to be your thing. Mushrooms aren't mine. And I am hesitant to eat a sardine (though if it in something as the "salt" then it might be OK, if I don't know about it.)
 
2013-04-10 12:48:34 PM  
Nothing pisses me off more than my grandmother calling me a picky eater.  I am the opposite of a picky eater, I am an adventuresome eater.  If I have never had it and have trouble pronouncing it, then I want it even more.  I will eat everything from sashimi, to indian food, to pickled quail eggs...  I just don't like farking nuts which she is always putting into her pies and salads n shiat and she thinks I must be the worst eater in the world because of it.  always trying to sneak nuts into my food on purpose...   I am not allergic to nuts, I will even eat nuts, I just dont care for them and they will straight up ruin a salad for me...

/end tangent
 
2013-04-10 12:51:02 PM  

Lady Indica: There's a branch of my family where we're fussy eaters....And the only thing I've discovered I do NOT like is pineapple. Do NOT like. But, I'm going to revisit it in other configurations. Raw chunks were super icky though.


I hate cold pineapple (and cold cheeses, as well). Try hot pineapple, such as on pizza or in rice or on top of chicken or pork chops or ham or....

Must be lunchtime, I'm making myself drool.

/Former extremely picky eater who is currently rearing a picky eater, so I understand.
/Fat, but my kids aren't. And the picky eater can choose from the entire supermarket, so he's not sickly.
 
2013-04-10 12:51:08 PM  

Splish: I was talking to a doctor the other day and out of nowhere she bragged that her 16 year old daughter has never eaten a vegetable.  And my uncle's girlfriend is proud of the fact that she's never eaten anything green; she'll tell you every chance she gets. These people are out there.  We don't have to pay attention to them.


I dated someone who never ate anything green because she had a phobia of that color. Her doctor was amazed at how healthy she was other than that. However, I had some older cousins who were overweight, but actually malnurished because they refused to eat any vegetables of any kind. My cousins will probably mature out of it, but my ex will probably have a more difficult time if she ever wants to beat the problem.
 
2013-04-10 12:53:42 PM  
I'll bet she smells weird.
 
2013-04-10 12:53:57 PM  
...with helpful picture of what teenager surviving on nothing but instant noodles will definitely look like.
 
2013-04-10 12:57:47 PM  

DittoToo: ImpatientlyUnsympathetic: And the family doctor continually said he was OK. No one could say anything about it without getting shut down because the doctor said he was OK

This could be a case of selective hearing.  My mother was put on a low cholesterol diet which, in her head, she followed religiously and told the doctor that as well.  So the doctor put her on pills.  What she didn't tell him was that she was going through a stick of butter a day.  Her oatmeal was floating in butter.  Since the doctor thought she followed the diet as she said he concluded that her diet wasn't the contributing factor.  She translated this as that fast food was not causing her rise in cholesterol and therefore she could eat all the fast food she wanted.

Same thing with her diabetes.  She would eat "sugar free" deserts and tell the doctor how she was using fake sugar all the time while leaving out the fact that she was going through a 3-liter of soda a day.  Same thing as the cholesterol, she twisted it around to where her diet was not a contributing factor and concluded that she can eat/drink all of the sugar filled treats she wanted.

She's not doing it intentionally.  She has pathologically lied to herself and fully believes that none of her health problems are her fault.


I guess that could be going on, but when my FIL and my husband brought it up to my MIL, she told us we weren't trying hard enough to understand him. We pointed out other family members who were younger but were more easily understood than my nephew. Then they said he couldn't contain his excitement, so if you spent more time with him, you'd understand, because you'd see him at times that weren't exciting. *HUGE EYE ROLL* We spent every other weekend with him for several weeks in a row because of holidays and birthdays and family gatherings. He never seemed any more coherent. Literally, he sounds in coherent. The doctor supposedly talked to him and assessed his speech and he believed it was on par with his peers.

I think my MIL got a rude awakening when her neighbor moved in and has a child 6 months older and a child 6 months younger than my nephew and they speak much more understandably. So then it became, "He needs to go to school and daycare like my neighbor's kids!" Then someone pointed out that the neighbor's kids were adopted from a foreign country and they are sometimes prone to language delays, so maybe my nephew is SERIOUSLY delayed. She was so deflated. She said, "I don't want him to be picked on at school!" Umm... lady, he's going into the stage of needing speech therapy for many, many years. Being picked on is the least of your worries if he's not getting the right help to gain speech.
 
2013-04-10 01:02:21 PM  

Maul555: Nothing pisses me off more than my grandmother calling me a picky eater.  I am the opposite of a picky eater, I am an adventuresome eater.  If I have never had it and have trouble pronouncing it, then I want it even more.  I will eat everything from sashimi, to indian food, to pickled quail eggs...  I just don't like farking nuts which she is always putting into her pies and salads n shiat and she thinks I must be the worst eater in the world because of it.  always trying to sneak nuts into my food on purpose...   I am not allergic to nuts, I will even eat nuts, I just dont care for them and they will straight up ruin a salad for me...

/end tangent


My MIL tries to tell people that my husband has lots of food aversions and it drives him up the wall. He hasn't lived with her for 10 years, he eats lots and lots of food that she insists he won't. But you can't be a martyr if your cause doesn't exist. She's bat shiat crazy. She regularly makes up food issues that never existed for my husband too. Like he hates fish, onions or something else... I just look at her and laugh in her face. Like when one of the extended family is hosting and she is trying to fuss about foods being served not being appropriate for my husband. I shut that down. I tell them, "he'll eat anything and everything you serve. Please don't listen to these old stories."
 
2013-04-10 01:03:34 PM  
My friend's daughter is 8 and is a super picky eater.  She's rail thin, but otherwise pretty healthy.  Now she has a little brother (2 months old) and he's more than 1/3 her weight (15 pounds...she's 40 pounds).  That kid's and eater. They're hoping that he'll be a good influence on her in that department.

My grandpa never ate veggies...unless cheesy broccoli soup counts.  I swear that's the only vegetable he ever ate.  Unfortunately he also died of stomach cancer.  Since he passed away when I was only 6, in my mind not eating vegetables = you're getting stomach cancer.  It's a good incentive to eat veggies, even if it's a little deranged as a way of thinking.
 
2013-04-10 01:07:22 PM  

ImpatientlyUnsympathetic: Splish: I was talking to a doctor the other day and out of nowhere she bragged that her 16 year old daughter has never eaten a vegetable.  And my uncle's girlfriend is proud of the fact that she's never eaten anything green; she'll tell you every chance she gets. These people are out there.  We don't have to pay attention to them.

They're train wrecks though, so hard to look away. My nephew won't touch vegetables. I'm truly horrified that someone that works in the health field (such as the doctor you know and also my MIL and SIL) are so willing to accept unbalanced diets. Then again, my nephew has had obvious speak issues since the age of two and he started getting therapy for it at 4.5 years old, because it wasn't convenient before. And the family doctor continually said he was OK. No one could say anything about it without getting shut down because the doctor said he was OK. Medical professionals can be idiots too.


I've known at least two children (my nephew and a child of a friend) who couldn't speak more than babbling and "mama/dada" at the age of two and a half, but their pediatricians always said "they're fine, they're fine." I don't get it, how is that possible? Are the developmental milestones really that loose? (They're not; I've checked.)

You'd think these people would be reprimanded by their licensing boards or something.
 
2013-04-10 01:11:43 PM  
Lord Dimwit:
I've known at least two children (my nephew and a child of a friend) who couldn't speak more than babbling and "mama/dada" at the age of two and a half, but their pediatricians always said "they're fine, they're fine." I don't get it, how is that possible? Are the developmental milestones really that loose? (They're not; I've checked.)

You'd think these people would be reprimanded by their licensing boards or something.


That's bizarre. I heard my child muttering swear words in a correct context at that age. Apparently Lego is frustrating.
 
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