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Teenager, 17, Lives Off A Diet Of Chips

Teenager, 17, Lives Off A Diet Of Chips
Jennifer Radigan, 17, eats mostly oven chips and picks from whatever her mother Karen does for dinner.
January 22
10:05 2015

A girl with a food phobia has lived off a diet of chips and cheese for five years – because she claims anything else makes her feel sick.

Jennifer Radigan, 17, eats mostly oven chips and is so repulsed by the thought of eating meat and vegetables she apparently heaves at the sight of them.

The teenager, from Galston, in East Ayrshire, Scotland, claims she hasn’t been able to finish a proper meal in years – and can only extend her diet to the occasional bowl of pasta or boiled potatoes.

Jennifer, who started refusing food from a very early age, said she used to be so ashamed of her phobia she would starve herself at school, then later lie to her parents that she had eaten.

The college student is thought to suffer from a condition known as Selective Eating Disorder.

This causes sufferers to be anxious or nauseous when they’re presented with new or feared food, leaving them at greater risk of extreme weight loss and malnutrition. Jennifer’s eating habits, thought to be one the main reasons she regularly faints in public, have caused her weight to plummet to just 6st 10lbs.

At just 5ft tall, this means her BMI of 18.4. is below the healthy range.

The teenager said: ‘I used to live off mostly chicken, but now the smell makes me sick.It feels like the older I get, the fewer foods I can actually stomach, but I can’t go wrong with chips and cheese.

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