54-year-old Marla Lopez, from New York City, says the supermarket snack aisle has become her dinner aisle, as she will only consume three types of foods (potato chips, white breads and milk), and has never even tried fruits or vegetables.
Recently featured on Good Morning America, Lopez said her picky eating started as a baby, when she would gag on her baby food, and today, foods that most people consider mouth-watering, like spaghetti, sandwiches or omelets are just repulsive to her. Not to mention fresh produce – “When I look at this, I don’t see food. I would no sooner eat any of this, than I would your shoe,” she told correspondent Linsey Davis about fruits and vegetables. When it comes to her favorite food, there’s no doubt in Marla’s mind: potato chips. “They’re so salty, and fresh, and potato-y, I love them,” she said. Her daily diet is primarily made up of three basic foods: milk, white breads and potatoes. She enjoys eating ice-cream, crackers, pancakes, tortillas, chips and french fries. Sometimes she spices up her heart-stopping meals with a few slices of crispy bacon.
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With such eating habits, you’d probably expect this 54-year-old to be suffering from heart problems, but tests proved Marla Lopez is as healthy as a horse. “My cholesterol is 174, and I eat a bag of fries each day, and that’s my main staple,” the woman said. She does admit her picky eating are embarrassing, and she prefers to hide her culinary preferences at parties by telling friends she’s already eaten. I guess the cat’s out of the bag now… “I do love what I eat and enjoy it,” the junk-food addict concluded.
“We don’t quite understand what adult picky eating is… but what we do know is that there is a real biological struggle going on that’s not all in their heads,” Nancy Zucker, director of the Center for Eating Disorders at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, who studies picky eaters, says. Marla isn’t the strangest picky eater we’ve featured on Oddity Central. Claire Simmons, from London, England, has eating nothing but pizza for the last 31 years, while 18-years-old Stacey Irvine has eaten chicken nuggets every day since she was only two.