A man from Meath who has had spaghetti hoops for his dinner every day for 30 years has told the Irish Mirror about how he recently overcame his fear of foods.
Mark O'Connor, 34, became terrified of most foods after a childhood operation meant he had to be fed through a tube for months when he was five.
Mark was born with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus and uses a wheelchair, and only recently overcame his fear thanks to hypnotherapy sessions which has allowed him to brave up to eating something other than his beloved spaghetti-o's, which he would eat a single tin of each day for his evening meal.
Mark said "when I was in hospital I wasn't allowed to eat and had a tube, but when the tube came out I wouldn't eat anything.
"The only thing I would eat was spaghetti hoops and chips.
"My mum would try to get me to eat different foods - what they were having for dinner - but I just wouldn't eat it.
"If she tried to make me I would be sick. It's hard to explain why but I think it was just fear I would feel. I developed this fear of trying any other foods."
Hypnotherapist Jason O'Callaghan helped Mark with just one 20 minute session, and since then Mark has moved on to eating chicken curries and more solid meals.
He does still have the odd tin o' hoops - but only one a week.