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Man with aversion to new foods is forced to live off Easter eggs

By T.K. Randall
April 3, 2023 · Comment icon 6 comments

Would you limit yourself to only eating Easter eggs ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Crispin Semmens
30-year-old Ashley Kean eats almost nothing but Easter eggs and by now he is sick to death of them.
For some, the idea of eating chocolate all day long might sound like a luxury, but for Kean, who suffers from a life-long aversion to trying new foods, it's literally just about the only thing he is able to eat.

A sales assistant from West Yorks, England, Kean has spent his life eating little more than chocolate, mashed potatoes and a few types of fruit. As a young baby, his parents had struggled to wean him off milk because he was unable to keep anything else down.

Even as an adult, he is unable to expand his diet beyond just these few things.

At this time of the year in particular, much of his daily intake consists of chocolate Easter eggs owing to their abundant availability and relative cost-effectiveness.

"I can't have meals with my two kids so we can't go out for family meals and stuff like that," he said.
"From the start of January through to April I eat over the 250 Easter eggs. It averages out between three and six a day depending on how hungry I get."

Kean has visited several doctors over the years but has so far failed to find a solution.

It is also possible that his condition is more psychological than it is physical.

"On the outside I look like normal 30-year-old," he said.

"It's depressing but it's something I've always lived with. The amount of chocolate I eat isn't normal, yet I'm not diabetic or anything, how is everything fine ?"

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Orphalesion 1 year ago
I think he's right that it's psychological and habitual. I think he has an eating disorder. It's not the "I need to be thin" or "gorge and purge" type, but instead the type where someone has restricted themselves for so long to a small selection of foodstuffs that their body either doesn't know anymore what to do with other types of food or simply hasn't learned it yet.  I'm saying this because I've been struggling with similar issues, also all my life. In in its most extreme phase, my diet was similarly restricted. Over the last ten years I've managed to get my body used to a much larger var... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by HandsomeGorilla 1 year ago
It's called ARFID or avoidant and/or restrictive intake disorder and is considered a severe mental ailment that needs the help of a therapist at least, then a dietician to find out what nutrients they're missing and how to incorporate them into their diet.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Orphalesion 1 year ago
Yeop that's what it is most likely. I've man aged to get a lot better with therapy and self-discipline, but there's still many food areas I can't really deal with. With me it was also connected to a psychosis that I was taking "poisons" into my body with food. At the worst phase I could only eat dry cereal.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Nicolette 1 year ago
I just dont believe that he is 'forced' to eat only chocolate easter eggs. He needs a psychiatrist.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Alchopwn 1 year ago
I see no diagnosis of any medical problem in the article.  What happens if he eats other things?  That isn't mentioned either.  I fear this is a clickbait story.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
From the article link in my OP.  

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