NEWSWEEK – A man in Florida has spent the last 17 years of his life chowing down on pretty much nothing but macaroni and cheese.
He knows he has an eating disorder, he knows it has horrible health benefits and he acknowledges it has affected his social life.
The man is simply known as Adam in a video by Vice, who first brought the story to light. Adam lives with his grandparents, Richard and Fay, in a small town northeast of Gainesville called Keystone Heights.
Adam said that as a child he was physically abused by his father so bad that he was removed from the home by the Department of Children and Families.
He said he developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the situation, and that he found comfort in soft pasta shells covered with cheese. He tried other foods, and even tried other foods and flavors inside his mac and cheese. He settled for the regular box from the grocery shelves and nothing too fancy.
He knows the ingredients that comprise macaroni and cheese can be harmful to his health.
“Some of the stuff I’m familiar with,” he said of its ingredients. “Other stuff sounds like it could be used to make a nuclear weapon.”
Adam has gotten so used to eating nothing but mac and cheese that even the mere thought of trying new foods, or even new flavors or twists to his everyday dish, makes his stomach turn.
Though only 20, he has made this his meal for 17 years now.
It was not until after he was out of high school when he saw a YouTube video that described his eating disorder known as Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
“Oh my God,” he recalls thinking when he first saw it. “I’m not crazy. It has a name … ” Read more.
“I’ve Only Eaten Mac & Cheese for the Past 17 Years, Here’s Why”
VICE – For most people, eating nothing but mac and cheese seems like a childhood fantasy.
But for 20-year-old Austin Davis, who has been eating nothing but mac and cheese for the past 17 years, it’s not a fantasy — it’s his reality and has become his affliction … See the video.