A recruitment consultant is so scared of healthy food that eating fruit and vegetables feels like feasting on “a plate of dog poo”.
Jade Youngman revealed she survives on pizza, plain pasta, chips and chicken nuggets despite fearing the diet will make her blind.
The 25-year-old hasn’t touched nutritious grub in 22 years.
She said: “The way I describe how I feel is that if someone puts a plate of fruit or vegetables in front of me, it’s the equivalent of putting a plate of dog poo down and saying ‘Eat that’.
“It will make me vomit if I eat it.
“It will make me wretch and gag to have it in front of me.
“It’s like a physical reaction.
“If I put it to my mouth with my left hand, my right hand will pull my left hand away before it gets there.”
She suffers from avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) – an extreme form of fussy eating.
Hypnotherapy has failed to curb her, though she did manage to swallow one blueberry after a number of sessions.
Medics fear the picky eater may lose vision after starving her body of essential nutrients.
Harvey Dyer, 18, lost his sight due to the same disorder.
He suddenly went blind in his left eye in October last year because of his restricted diet of chips, crisps and chocolate.
While a 19-year-old from Bristol was forced to drop out of college when he lost his vision after living on chips his whole life.
And Jade, from Norwich, is scared she’ll be next.
She added: “I find life really hard on a day to day basis.
“I feel helpless, like I can’t do anything about it.
“It makes me really unhappy.
“I would do anything for someone to fix me. I just want to find someone that will help me.”
Extremely fussy eaters can gradually go blind over time due to a condition known as nutritional optic neuropathy (NON).
When fibres become damaged due to a lack of vitamins, the optic nerve loses its ability to relay messages to the brain.