Teenage boy “cured” of only eating Richmond sausages

Teenager Ben Simpson has been cured of only eating bangers.

Ben, 15, has eaten nothing but Richmond sausages – washed down with a glass of water – since he was a baby.

His fear of trying to eat anything else was resolved by hypnotherapy – delivered over FaceTime.

Ben’s mum, Wendy Hughes, 55, said he developed the phobia after being weaned.

Since then Ben has only eaten bangers – up to 16 a day.

It was costing his mum £60.00 a month.

Wendy, from Swansea, said:

“When he was a baby, I weaned him off the bottles of milk and I started to feed him on solid food.

“I noticed that he wasn’t eating what other children would eat.

“He would only eat finger food like chips and stuff like that.

“As he got older, he would stick to sausages.

“It was sausages all the time.

“Specifically, Richmond sausages and they have to be skinless.

“He sometimes has chips or waffles but there always has to be sausages.

“He doesn’t eat sweets or chocolate.

“He doesn’t have fizzy drinks, just water.”

Worried about Ben’s eating disorder, Wendy set up a session with hypnotherapist David Kilmurry.

She said: “We did it all on FaceTime.

“I didn’t think it would work as Ben wouldn’t try any food at all, not a bite.

“Now, if I give him something, he will pop it straight into his mouth.”




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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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