Hanna Little, a 20-year-old woman, developed food phobia where she feared any kind of food – except chips. Ever since she was a little girl, she got physically sick whenever she tried to eat other foods. For 15 years, she suffered from this kind of torture where she actually had panic attacks by simply thinking of other foods.
Little suffered from an eating disorder known as Selective Eating Disorder (SED). It created boundaries on her personal and social life as it meant she could not eat out with her friends. Since she was terrified of other foods, which also made her sick, she had to check the restaurant menus first before she goes out to eat. This way, she could eat chips when she was with her friends.
Solving the Problem
Felix Economakis is both a psychologist and a hypnotist in a therapy clinic located in North London. He reached out to Hanna to help her overcome her food phobia, especially after she had decided to finally seek advice from experts.
According to Economakis, Hanna’s condition, SED, is typically due to a trauma that is related to food. Oftentimes, it happens to people while they were still babies or as toddlers. Usually, the patient may not be able to recall the incident. After an hour of hypnosis, Hanna Little finally ate something else other than chips. Her first food was a mango.
The Dangers of Eating Chips Every Day
We all crave for junk foods every now and then. Chips, particularly potato chips, are among the favorite snacks of many. They are tasty and inexpensive, that is why many people munch on them whenever they get a chance. While snacking on them every once in a while will not damage your health, what Hanna Little did have some serious health repercussions, which often include:
- Weight Gain: Eating chips can give you pleasure, but at the same time, you get fat and calories. This increases your chance of becoming obese. An ounce of potato chips can contain 154 calories and 10 grams of fat.
- Hypertension: Because of the high sodium in chips, expect your blood pressure to rise.
- Poor Nutrition: Chips will never give Hanna the nutrients she needs, which is why it is a relief that she received the help she required. Eating chips every day will not give you the vitamins and minerals that will keep you healthy.
Other negative health side effects include increased cholesterol levels and high sugar content that can lead to diabetes. There are even chips that have butylhydroxytoluene (BHT), which is a commonly used chemical in food that is also present in petroleum products.