Charlotte Hannah
April 12, 2013

Teen Girl Has Eaten Nothing But Ramen Noodles for 13 Years


Eating ramen noodles every day may be integral to the college experience — but nobody would actually choose to eat nothing but ramen for the rest of their life, would they? Would they? Oh, please tell me they wouldn’t.

Georgi Readman would. In fact, she has — this 18-year-old has eaten nothing but ramen for the past 13 years. Not because she’s perpetually a college student, but because she refuses to eat anything else.

Readman says she’s always been a picky eater, but ever since she had an experience with severe food poisoning as a kid, she’s eaten nothing but noodles. No fruits, no vegetables, no healthy grains — just sodium-stuffed processed ramen at every meal, every day, for more than a decade. She’s afraid to eat anything else. Her noodle obsession is the result of Selective Eating Disorder, and she’s been to therapy to try to overcome it.

“I hate the texture of fruit and vegetables,” she said. “I can’t go to my friends’ for dinner or go out for meals because I don’t want them to see me freak out if the side salad touches the stuff I eat. Mum goes to the supermarket and brings back as many packets as she can afford. I always fancy noodles and could easily eat two packets at once. I’ve even eaten them dry and uncooked before!”

As you can imagine, eating a diet of nothing but ramen noodles doesn’t exactly do the body good. Readman is 5’3 and weighs just 98 pounds, and according to her doctor, she has the health of an 80-year-old woman.

“I hate having to put up with this all day every day,” she said. “My dream is to eat healthily and put on weight.”