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Amber Scott is a 33 year old mother of one who has been dealing with picky eating since she was three years old. At age 28, Amber discovered that there were other picky eaters besides herself and has made efforts in raising awareness for anyone else who may be dealing with feeding issues similar to hers.

In 2010, Amber appeared on TLC’s Freaky Eaters but was unsuccessful at getting out the proper message, as TLC was uninterested in allowing Amber to convey accurately portray what it’s like to be an adult picky eater.

She also appeared on Dr. Phil and has interviewed with several written publications. Her most recent appearance was on ABC’s 20/20, where she discussed what it’s like to live with this disorder.

Today, Amber has taken on a medium of her own, hoping to reach out to anyone interested in hearing more about extreme picky eating. Most adults travel through life believing that they are alone and that no one else struggles with food the way they do. Amber would like to use Pea in a Podcast to help picky eaters find the answers to questions they have and to also help give references for loves ones who may not understand adult picky eating, but are open minded enough to learn more.

If you wish to contact Amber, please send an email to

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Amber Henderson permalink
    March 1, 2012 5:35 am

    great job getting this all set up 🙂 I know you will be able to help others with your knowledge and experience!!

  2. Penny Chance permalink
    February 10, 2014 2:07 am

    Hi Amber! I just saw your story on 20/20 and first let me say that you are a very brave woman. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m sure you have helped hundreds just like yourself. I’ve never been the type of parent to “make” my kids eat anything they didn’t like, but I know some who have. I think it is important for children to learn to enjoy food. I would never use food as a reward OR punishment. I have a 7 year old grandson and we let him eat what he likes. He enjoys trying new things and if he doesn’t like it, that’s okay! His favorite food is Mexican, but he also enjoys seafood and Japanese food.

    You are a beautiful young lady. I wish you much success. As a nurse I can tell you that not everyone’s body reacts to food in the same way. You appear very healthy. My father ate a diet of fried foods (fried in lard), sweets, etc. and he lived to be 92! Bless you Amber.

  3. gary permalink
    February 10, 2014 9:28 pm

    I thought I was alone with something like this. I battle a similar issue. Have since I was born. Drove my mom nuts. Doctor couldn’t explain it. I can’t do mashed potatoes, eggs, meat that is too soft, JTM hamburgers, vegetables that are cooked. My nickname was crunchy, because everything had to be crunchy but I can tolerate ice cream. Now my stomach is messed up and I battle a thyroid condition.

  4. Quinn permalink
    February 12, 2014 12:47 pm

    Is their any treatment? I’m 28 and have been dealing with this since 2-3 years old. I really only eat plain Cheerios, bread, plain fries, and cranberry juice, 2% milk, water. The only thing with flavor I have ever liked food wise is regular Doritos . I’ve only recently been able to stomach orange creme yogurt. I love to cook, the smells are wonderful, and apparently great at it but I can’t stand the taste. It’s frustrating and it has caused issues at weddings, in relationships, with my family and friends as well as my health. Any help, or advice would be appreciated!

    • February 19, 2014 7:20 pm

      Quinn– no real treatment has been discovered although doctors and other medical professionals are working on it every day. The best “medicine” we’ve been able to find so far is the support of our loved ones. For me, personally, knowing that I’m not the only person dealing with this issue, plus having a trusted friend or family with to talk food with openly, has encouraged me to try new things. Granted, I only try something new every GREAT once in a while, but any progress is a good thing. In the mean time, just be proud of who you are and know that there are many who share in your struggle. I believe the answers will come in time, now that this condition has been “outed” and more medical researchers are taking it seriously.

  5. kyle barrett permalink
    February 19, 2014 7:08 pm

    ok, Ive tried this once, not sure if I’m doing it right, anyway I’m 54, I only ate french fries from like 5 to 17. And still eat them with every meal. I started meditation at 17, after seeing a few doctors. Then i began to eat fried fish, fried chicken and steak, but only little, never a fruit or veggie, never, ever. Im like Amber, I get too emotional to try food, People don’t believe it, made fun of in school, been through it all, but Im healthy, on no medication, no high blood pressure. My doctor calls me a freak, but says I’m doing fine. So yes I pretty much just eat fries.

  6. Jeffery Stephens permalink
    February 21, 2014 6:57 am

    Is there anyway to get in touch with Amber, I have the same problem since I was a child.

  7. Jeffery Stephens permalink
    February 21, 2014 11:37 pm

    Glad I found you, I seen you struggle on TV trying to eat rice. People just don’t under stand that you are going to throw up. I have been like this my whole life. I am 55 years old and my parents did all they could at that time, but trying to force me at times just didn’t help. My wife understands but it is so hard not being able to take her out to eat at a nice restaurant, and like you at party’s and some holidays, it gets uncomfortable. My food exist of Peanut butter, Bacon, Toast, french fries and junk food. So happy to know I am not the only person in the world with this eating disorder.It is like putting your hand inn a fire you know you are going to get burned, And if you try to eat something different your going to trow up, thank you for your for being strong and letting others know. Jeff

  8. scott sinclair permalink
    February 22, 2014 2:43 am

    my name is scott sinclair and i am from scotland and 25yrs old. i dont know if this will be seen by amber or not but from seeing her videos, i believe i am in the same if not similar situation. i cant eat veg, fruit or meat, i also cant have burnt bits on my food if it dont look the way i want it i cant eat it like bread crusts if its to dark looking it has to be piked off or on my cereal like cornflakes i cant eat the burnt parts that happen in manufacturing i just pick them out and throw them in a napkin, i have tried to taste many different foods on my own where bland foods like chips i can eat but but dont desire but when putting things like tomato sauce to it makes it to powerful to consume or to put near my lips as its to strong in flavor and i live on a diet that hasent changed since i can remember of bread and cereal. my mum told me at a young age but i cant remember that i said to her, my brains telling me not to put that muck in my mouth, funny to here but i still live with this problem and i miss out on so many family occasions as the smell look colour puts me off anything i haver chosen to eat. but this has not stopped me trying new foods but with no success on finding a larger pallet. in school i remember being force feed by the teachers different fruits as i dident want to take part with the other kids who didnt have a problem and thought i was weird for throwing up and causing a scene, and with no understanding of why i was like that and i didnt neither. i have seen theripist and docters and they look at me as if i am making this up and its so upsetting when you look for help where you should find it and to no avail, my mum has mentioned to me she had me in and out of the docters and for them to tell her i will grow out of it and i will eat when i am hungry well docters not in this case, i am tired of how blunt and inconsiderate most people can be when learning of this and i have never meet anyone in my whole life who learns what i eat, to not give me the third degree in questions that to me are of a very sensitive nature.

    • February 22, 2014 2:58 am

      Hi Scott! Amber here. I can totally relate to your corn flakes dilemma. I cannot eat the burnt flakes, either. I’ll either pull them out or just move them up onto the side of the bowl, where they’ll stick, and be separated from the other flakes. I’m glad you were able to see the videos and I hope it helped you feel better to learn that you are not alone. Your struggles with food are not your fault. I wish I had the answers but, until we do, most find it comforting to know that there are others out there who struggle with this and we are all over the world. We have even learned of some celebrities like Tom Selleck, Anderson Cooper, and Whoopi Goldberg who are picky. If you’d like, please check out and join the group. It’s surreal to hear from others who are like you and me! ~thanks for writing

  9. wayne permalink
    February 27, 2014 4:29 pm

    Hello Amber,

    You don’t have a disorder. You are not crazy. You are not picky. These are all just relative labels applied by those whose knowledge of our physiology is incomplete.

    What you do have is a remarkable defense mechanism against eating many things that is still intact.

    Check these videos out…

    Discovery Channel – Boy With Divine Powers. — on YouTube
    Eat the Sun — preview on YouTube, find DVD elsewhere…or at library…


    National Geographic – America Before Columbus
    BBC Spice Trail series…
    Bbc Addicted To Pleasure – sugar

    See how not long ago our diets were much simpler….commercialism has deceived us into thinking that more is good for us than what is actually true..among other reasons….moree videos to recommend if you are interested….

    Thanks for sharing your story…

    • March 3, 2014 5:17 am

      Thanks for posting. I do agree that commercialism and other random propaganda has slighted our knowledge of what is good for us and what are bodies are capable of as a whole. Have you ever noticed how the rules seem to change all the time? I think that people like me will challenge the science of our diets and it will be interesting to see what happens in the future after adult picky eaters have been studied more carefully. Thanks for the film suggestions, I’ll have to check them out!

      • wayne permalink
        March 6, 2014 12:57 am

        Yes rules changing…for some more perspectives check out

        Killer At Large – modern advertising
        Our Daily Bread – modern meat n veg production
        Forks Over Knives – exploding the protein myth and need for meat chicken fish or dairy products…calcium from milk….hmm…..

        PBS Botany of Desire – whose the real sucker?
        Secret Life of Plants

        PBS Black Coffee – coffee n caffeine good for us? Hmmm…..
        BBC Victoria Woods Nice Cup of Tea – as above….

        The Beautiful Truth – solid food good for us? Hmmm…..

        Modern Marvels Supermarket — another “invention” that we take for granted….and don’t realize how destructive they can be….

        Tapped – bottled water?
        Plastic Planet

        More debunking of modern DIEt myths……and these may offer more strength and confirmation that those who say there is something wrong with you…from a relative perspective are clueless when it comes to history…and collective knowledge….

        More related to health….but non food

        Full Signal
        Radiant Day – youtube

        Both about emf…

        Enjoy…lots more… many perspectives…all easy accessible 1 documentary at a time….

  10. Maureen permalink
    March 4, 2014 3:13 pm

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw you’re article in the Dayton daily news. My 16 year old son has the same issue. For years he would only eat french fries. For years, he would only eat McDonalds french fries. I have complained to his Pediatrician for many years. Their response has always been, “well, he is normal height and weight, I wouldn’t worry about it.” He has never had pizza or mac and cheese. It has been very embarrassing for him. When he was younger, we would force him to eat and he would throw up. He will now manly survives on breadsticks and fries. He has started making himself eat chicken nuggets but does not enjoy it. What do I do? Where do we go to help him?

    • March 4, 2014 3:58 pm

      Hello Maureen, thanks for the comment. I’m glad you saw the article in Dayton’s paper and found my podcast. I wish I had the answers for you on how to help him eat more. Right now, we don’t have any real “cures” for this. I recommend going to, clicking on the “forum” link at the top and joining the yahoo group. There are parents of kids of all ages that talk in that group,as well as a speech-language pathologist that has a much better idea of any kind of “treatments” that are currently being used to help picky eaters do better. I will say, however, that this is all very new and, from what we can tell, no one has been “cured.” Some have made marginal progress but it takes a long time and a lot of hard work. Any attempts to treat at this point are usually done on very young children with only minimal results. Do not consult dieticians, like the DDN article did. Dieticians, in my opinion and experience, just want to tell you how bad your diet is for you and “shame” you into eating better. As if we choose to be this way. There may be some dieticians out there who have a better understanding of this, but I haven’t meant one yet. Anyone dealing with sensory processing disorder or speech-language pathologist seem to have been the most sympathetic and understanding, even if they cannot “cure” us yet. I believe this issue is a sensory processing disorder– our senses just don’t work like everyone elses.
      For me, the best “medicine” I’ve had has been knowing that I’m not the only person who struggles with this, that it isn’t my fault, and that there must be some legitimate reason for why I cannot eat like everyone else. Just knowing that has given me more confidence and understanding of who I am and has given me the ability to talk openly about this with anyone who wants to discuss it. That at least helps with the embarrassment factor a little bit, but a little bit of help goes a long way with us. Just know you are not alone in this– there are even more of us in this area than you think! When I first discovered other people like me back in 2009, I met up with a girl from Kettering. I just wanted to meet someone else who has this issue; and it was an amazing experience. I am planning to meet up with a mother and 18 year old boy from Eaton on Friday just so they can experience the same. See, we are everywhere! Hang in there, Maureen. This is not the result of something you did or something your son is doing to himself. Everyone with this issue generally seems to be in good health and stay in good health. I know of picky eaters in their 60s and 70s who are in excellent health, even after living off of french fries, etc their whole lives. He will be ok, the social aspect of this is the hardest part to deal with. Just love him and be there for him.

  11. Jes permalink
    August 17, 2014 12:47 pm

    Hi. I found your video on youtube after researching my eating habits. My diet is limited to anything having to do with potatoes (fried, baked, mashed) and I can stomach meats but only enjoy them with lots of ketchup. I have put my family through hell as a kid and they have always needed to make a second dinner for me. Nothing on my plate can touch or else I cannot eat it and I can’t finish the bottom of any drink or the last bit of most meals. In the video, you mention how most people would feel about eating a stick. That statement cannot be more accurate! If a different food comes near the one I want to eat, I consider is poisonous… just like eating a stick would make most people cringe. I am only 20 years old and have been so worried about what this type of anxiety about eating will eventually do to my health, so I feel much more relaxed after hearing about your story. – After watching the video, I took a scroll through the comments, which I really wish I didn’t. The things people say about this disorder feels like direct insults to me as well, and to see the way people respond to our habits are traumatizing (especially strangers from all over the globe). I want to say that even though so many people post these negative and hurtful things in response to your outreach, you do make a difference to the people who are suffering out there.

    • August 19, 2014 1:03 am

      Thank you for the comment. I’m glad you found us! Yes, the comments are always harsh but that’s ok. That’s just from people who have nothing better to do than criticize others. Even celebrities who do good deed get negative comments on social media. Just know that you are not to blame for this disorder and you are also not alone. We have found thousands of people like us all over the world. For more support from people who understand, check out

  12. August 29, 2014 1:21 am

    So my daughter has ARFID and she is in an IOP for this and is also doing somatic experience therapy along with group. In six weeks she has started eating cheese quesadillas, chicken nuggets, granola, and even had a hamburger the other day,when before she was just french fries, pizza no cheese, white bread stuff, etc. Amber, I just sent you an email with more info. THis is wonderful that you are sharing your story. I’m so sorry everyone is going through this.

  13. September 13, 2014 7:08 pm

    Hi everyone, I’m Jacky Lamenzo and I consider myself a “Recovering Picky Eater.” I’m looking to help others get over fears of exploring new foods like I’ve done. On my website,, I share my story. Please feel free to reach out if you think I could be of help to you or anyone you know! Thanks Amber for creating such a great site & podcasts. Always love finding such a good support system like this.

  14. Patxi Juanicotena permalink
    January 13, 2015 7:32 pm

    Hi Amber:

    I want only to thank you for your work, creating awareness in our roblem. I found the picky eaters page some years ago, and it was a great, GREAT relief for me to know I was not alone. I joined the Facebook group too.
    I´m glad to hear that this problem is beginning to be taken seriously by some scientists and univestities, at least in the United States. In Spain, where I live, it´s very hard to deal with some unsensitive people too. We have a lot of work ahead.

    Once again, thank you for your bravery and courage. (And sorry for my bad english)


    • January 23, 2015 2:45 pm

      Patxi, thanks for the message! Your English was just fine! I am glad you found my site and I appreciate your support. We do have a lot of work ahead, but we’ve also come a long way! Please check out where you’ll find many picky eaters worldwide!. There is also a facebook page, too, that may help you connect with other picky eaters in spain if you’d like.

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