Since she was about five years old, Georgi Readman from the Isle of Wight (UK) has been eating primarily ramen noodles, and nothing more. And now the 18-year-old girl is suffering the health consequences, as reports indicate that her persistent aversion to fruit and vegetables has rendered her severely malnourished.
It all began when Georgi first savoured the artificial flavours, salt laced chemicals laced in a packet of ramen noodles when she was a child. She almost immediately decided that ramen noodles were her food of choice, and gradually phased out all other foods, including nourishing foods such as whole fruit and vegetables. Today, she eats ramen noodles for almost every meal, even though it has caused her problems both bodily and socially.
“I hate the texture of fruit and vegetables,” says Georgi. “I can’t go to my friends’ for dinner or go out for meals because I don’t want them to see me freak out if the side salad touches the stuff I eat.”
Some experts believe Georgi suffers from a novel health condition known as selective eating disorder, which causes a person to be phobic about eating certain foods. For Georgi, she says she actually feels sickly when she tries to eat other foods, and can only occasionally eat a potato or piece of chicken.
“I just love noodles,” she says. “Mum goes to the supermarket and brings back as many packets as she can. I always fancy noodles and I’ve eaten them uncooked.”
During a recent doctor visit, practitioners actually thought Georgi had leukemia because of her weak frame and frail appearance. Weighing in at a mere 98 pounds, the five-foot, three-inch girl was also determined to be severely malnourished, and doctors say she has the approximate health of an 80-year-old person.
“A diet of instant noodles has wreaked incredible amounts of havoc on her organs,” says Dr Lisa Kaufman. “The body — especially one that’s still developing — needs protein, minerals, and nutrients to grow; that’s just basic common sense.”
“Without it, this girl has probably suffered stunted growth and IQ, osteoporosis, heart and kidney damage, and high blood pressure. Her lifespan has likely been shortened as well. Kids would eat ice cream every day if they could, but it’s the parents’ responsibility to broaden their palates, introducing various foods and textures to them.”
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