Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chicken Nugget Girl

I am absolutely fascinated with the 17 year-old girl who ate virtually nothing except chicken nuggets for the past 15 years. She is a living testimony to just how much we can punish our bodies and not die. The teen collapsed at work with a swollen tongue and anemia, but it is amazing she has lived for so long without eating any fruits or vegetables. There are so many vitamins and nutrients not present in her diet and yet she lives. It really flies in the face of everything nutritionists, scientists and doctors tell us about which foods are necessary for us. I saw a picture of the girl and outwardly she appears fairly healthy at about normal size and a good complexion. I noticed she has dark circles under her eyes, but her hair looks full.

I read some of the comments about the teenager and most criticize the parents who probably should be criticized, but it seems sort of obvious that she now has a severe eating disorder. I was a picky eater as a kid and refused to eat most meats but especially hamburgers. My aversion to ground beef was related to an event that happened when I was 3 years old. I ordered a hamburger and then refused to eat it, but my parents made me eat the burger. I don’t remember what they may have threatened me with… maybe a spanking or they just told me in an angry voice that I had to eat it. After the incident of coerced feeding, I rebelled and didn’t eat another hamburger for 16 years. Children are stubborn.     

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