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Girl, 10, with bizarre food phobia who only ate white toast ‘cured through hypnosis’

A FOOD phobia child who could eat only white toast is said to be cured through hypnosis.

Martha Davies, ten, would gag if she tried anything else — other than the occasional handful of BBQ Pringles.

And the bread for the toast had to be Warburtons medium sliced.

Even her Christmas dinner was a round of Warburtons Blue medium sliced toast washed down with a glass of water.

She developed her fear of food — known as food neophobia — at 18 months.

Mum Julie and dad Chris, both 43, had never cooked her a hot dinner in her life.

Julie, from Coventry, said: "Up until she was 18 months old she ate normally like a baby in a high chair with soft food.

"Then she started screaming and pushing food away. I persevered with her, but it seemed to get worse over time.

"By the time she started school when she was five I thought this is the moment she will see other people her age eating she will carry on normally.

TUCKING INTO OTHER FOODS

"But I realised this wasn't working. We would go to parties and she would bring a packed lunch of Pringles and toast.

Charity worker Julie contacted cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist David Kilmurry.

And after the first two-hour hypnosis session, Martha was said to be tucking into other foods.

Julie said: "We are still getting there with sit-down meals but after her treatment she sat with us and had pizza.

"She didn't eat the cheese or tomato but had some of the crust. Over time the fear had gone and she's now eating crusty bread.

"It was very difficult before but we didn't push her because she was frightened of eating. Her phobia wasn't medically diagnosed for years.

"We were seeing a dietician but because Martha was tall and healthy we were told she would grow out of it, but she didn't.

"She was about to go to secondary school and wouldn't have been able to go on trips or out with her friends.

Julie said: “Straight after her treatment, she started getting better.”

Schoolboy with potentially life-threatening food phobia leaving him only eating DAIRYLEA sandwiches has been cured after being hypnotized

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