Okay, so I have a serious issue with my 12 year old son. He doesn't eat food. I can practically count on my fingers the number of foods he will eat. When we go to other people's houses, it's always a problem because - unless they have the very specific foods he will eat prepared in the very specific way he will eat - he refuses everything. He has always been like this, but people kept telling me he would grow out of it when he gets older. He hasn't in the least. I made a New Year's resolution for us, though. I decided I was going to try to "cure" him by forcing him to eat different foods. So, I continue to make him separate food at meal time (yes, I know that this was the mistake I made from the beginning) but I now force him to eat a small portion of whatever I make for the rest of us. You would not believe how difficult that is. Last night I made cheese tortellini with spinach alfredo sauce. Sounds like a kid's dream come true, right? It took me a 1/2 an hour of begging and threatening to get him to consume an extremely small portion. The way he approaches any food other than the few he's willing to eat is how the rest of us would approach eating a plate of dead insects (sorry for the analogy). Just to be clear, I don't force him to repeatedly eat a few foods that he doesn't like. He doesn't like almost anything! If there was a variety of foods that he liked and he didn't, for example, enjoy tortellini, I would let it go. But again, he doesn't want almost anything. At this point, I've told him that my objective is not to get him to like a variety of foods. That seems too lofty a goal. I just want him to be able to tolerate a variety of foods. Have you ever heard of any kind of phobia related to eating different foods? Also, do you think I'm going about this the wrong way - forcing him to eat a variety of foods? Just please keep in mind that he is very thin and I think his diet as is is very unhealthy. Any thoughts?