Rebecca Giddins, 19, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, started eating chicken nuggets and chips when she was 4. Now, 15 years later, she's learning to eat proper food while using a knife and a fork.
When Rebecca was a toddler, she would only eat Milky Ways, yogurt, and cake until she discovered the nuggets. She explains:
"For as long as I can remember, I have gagged at the sight of other food - I couldn't even pick it up or pass it to people."
Luckily for the gymnastic coach, she decided to see a hypnotist, and now she eats fruits and veggies, and even cheese, for the first time.
Lifechanging decision - going to the hypnotist
"I was skeptical about hypnosis, but so far, it seems to have helped. Since going to my first session last Monday, I have been able to try at least two new foods every day, and my goal is to be able to eat a roast dinner."
The teen continues her unusual story:
"The gagging has totally stopped since going, which was one of the main reasons I was unable to eat food in the first place."
"It has affected me my whole life; I never went out for meals with my friends, and a lot of people don't understand why I can't eat normal food."
It was not just that Rebecca was hooked on chicken nuggets. She also had a severe reaction to other foods:
"I physically can't pick it up and put it in my mouth without gagging, so I just stuck with finger food and chicken nuggets and chips."
The parents tried to help her, but nothing was working, as young Rebecca recalls:
"My parents would try and feed me other food but I would get extremely upset and refused to eat."
Rebecca's Mother was desperate
Cheryl, 55, Rebecca's mother, states that she has been trying to encourage her daughter to try new foods her whole life but with no effect.
As the mom says:
"It has been very difficult over the years; she's always the one that can't eat at any event."
"If she went to a friend's house, we would have to pack her her own dinner or ask that they make her chicken nuggets and chips."
Rebecca's obsession with chicken nuggets led her to eat over 87,000 chicken nuggets in her young life. Her favorite brand was Birds Eye.
Luckily, that's all in the past, but her mom went through hell. She explains:
"She couldn't go to a restaurant, and if she did, she would only ever eat off the kid's menu."
"When she was younger, we really did try, but she just wouldn't eat it. If we tried to force her, she simply wouldn't eat for hours, and there was nothing we could do to make her."
"We now need to train her brain and mouth for all the different textures and tastes she's going to come across; it can take you eating something 20 times before you like the taste."
Cheryl continues her sad, yet strange story:
"I thought she would grow out of it, but people don't understand how intense the situation is."
"If I tried to feed her the same food we were eating, she would refuse to eat for hours, and we didn't want her to starve, so we ended up giving in, and that's how it all came about."
Will Rebecca be able to keep up with her new lifestyle?
Though it sounds funny, this isn't a joking matter. Rebecca's addiction to chicken nuggets might affect her health later in life.
And if you think that the parents weren't tough enough, Cheryl says how much desperation this unusual eating disorder brought to the family.
"She would happily not eat for days if we didn't give her what she wanted as she couldn't physically pick the food up; if I asked her to pass me an apple or a bag of potatoes, she couldn't do it."
"This has been a long time coming. I hope that she will eventually be able to eat the same kind of food as us."
The family have praised the work of hypnotherapist Felix Economakis.