17 year old son with food issues

My son is about to turn 17 next month. All of his life, he has refused to eat fruits and vegetables, and has resisted trying new foods, although he once in a while does. The first instance I can remember was when he was about 10 months old, we went out for dinner, and I ordered a plate of mashed potatoes for him because I did not know what else to get for him. He swallowed his first spoonful, and immediately tossed his cookies. That's my first memory of this problem.


He was born a month prematurely, and had terrible colic until he was about 12 weeks. He did not fully open his eyes until he was also about 12 weeks. Fast forward to now -- he is almost 6' tall, but weighs 250 pounds. His diet consists of carbs - bread, pasta, rice, and the occasional chicken breast, or steak. Burgers, fries. He refuses to try vegetables or fruit, but he would drink tons of orange juice if I allowed it. He claims that the texture of veggies and fruit bother him, although I don't know how, because he has never tried these foods in earnest. I am tired of his pediatrician pointing the finger at me saying that I am the one that buys the food, and I am the one that puts it in front of him (the carbs). So if he refuses to eat anything else, then I would be the one guilty of child abuse because he won't eat, i guess.

I am very concerned about my kid, especially since I am a type 1 diabetic. Nothing, absolutely nothing, motivates him. Not even witnessing me go through what I go through. He is a great, wonderful, loving and caring kid. But this all is taking its toll on our family. He has no motivation in school, or in losing weight. He does not hang out with friends. He has not dated. And he is losing his hair, which I feel is because of his diet. I don't even know where to take him for help. What kind of doctor should i seek out for him? Any other advice? Thanks so much...

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Apr 11, 2016
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I look after 16 years old autism child heating himself and suddenly cry without reason not speak verbally
by: Anonymous

I look after 16 years old, he is healthy boy, eat lots except vegetables and fruits. Im wondering sometimes he hit himself or kicking to his Aide. And big question sometimes were going to Sports Centre to play Basketball he run to the restaurant , his not hungry because he just eat supper and the most frustrated was he run away from us then go down to basement back upstairs? How to detect the problems and solution?

Oct 21, 2014
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changes
by: Anonymous

I'm the OP of this. I actually don't remember how long ago I posted this, but I'm happy to report that my DS has made some significant changes in the past 2 months. He is working with a wonderful doctor (a chiropractor) who is helping him. This doctor has a great plan which includes juicing, natural supplements, PT, and lots of core workouts. He is helping him make the right food choices which is key. The word diet is not in this docs vocabulary. Not to mention the level of motivation that he and his staff have given my son. He has also hired him part time as an assistant. My boy has lost about 10 pounds of body fat, and has gained lean muscle weight. He still has his food issues, but is full of motivation now. Something i have never seen in him. He is not Autistic thank goodness. He is now beginning the college application process and has a whole new outlook. This doctor that i was so lucky to find has given me a brand new and improved child. And for that i will be eternally grateful!

Oct 21, 2014
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sensory feeding
by: Anonymous

Hi my son is 4 and his diet consists of just carbs and oj, the same as your son with the exception of meat/ chicken (I wish he would eat) We are waiting for appointments at the moment for OT and sensory feeding, it would do no harm to get as much information and let your son have a read , at 17 he would probably have to make the decision of getting help himself, at 17 kids go through so much without other issues, it's not easy I know I too have a 17 yr old, hope things work out for your and your son

Aug 18, 2014
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Autism?
by: Anonymous

He sounds like he could be autistic as well. Autism and SPD often go together. I know that I have Aspergers (a form of HFA) and I'm an extremely picky eater, like most autistic individuals. Just the sight of some foods can make me sick. It's due to our sensory issues.

Perhaps you could look into a form of therapy for him?

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