September 13th, 2010
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TLC’s new show that started September 5 shows people with a compulsion toward a particular food, meaning they eat only one item – like cheeseburgers, french fries or pizzas – all the time.

On the upcoming shows, a 29-year-old mother eats only french fries and a 34 year-old diabetic is addicted to cheeseburgers. In “Freaky Eaters,” psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow and nutrition specialist J.J. Virgin, intervene to figure out what compels the finicky eaters to obsess over the same food.

Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, the medical director for Child and Adolescent Services at the Eating Recovery Center, said he hasn’t heard much about this type of behavior in adults.

“Usually it’s a problem with children with extremely picky eating,” said Bermudez, a past president of the National Eating Disorders Association.

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  1. Evil Grin

    Only eating french fries all the time? I bet that cuts down on the food bill. And shopping time.

    I've seen a couple of children who do this to some extent, but I don't think I've ever seen an adult do this. It must be a psychological disorder. I wonder what the thought process is behind the behavior.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:17 am | Reply
  2. Linda

    I've been eating the same meal for lunch and dinner (tuna salad sandwich from Subway with lettuce and tomato) for about 3 yrs. Why? Because 3 years ago, I had a reaction to a prescription medicine and couldn't swallow for 10-12 days. I lived on a liquid diet for those days until I could finally manage tuna salad. By the time I recovered from that, food just didn't taste the same anymore.

    It's cheap (I eat half a foot-long, so I figure I'm spending about $6 per day for meals) and I'm working through lunch and at the keyboard during dinner so I want something that fits in my hand and doesn't get in my way while I'm working.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:03 am | Reply
  3. RichardHead

    My dog eats the same type of food everyday. Does this make her a compulsive eater? Someone call TLC!

    September 14, 2010 at 8:53 am | Reply
  4. 4U Mr.

    I love Pho so much, I could eat it every day. But not three times per day. Variety is the spice. I used to babysit a kid who wanted to eat nothing but cold, Oscar Myer hot dogs, no bun, no ketchup, just the hot dog. For breakfast, and lunch. He was easy to care for, didn't have to plan much, just toys, naps, and cold hot dogs.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Reply

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