A plate full of brussels sprouts might not sound appetizing for a lot of people, but for a 22-year-old woman from the U.K. the sight of the leafy green buds can send her into a panic.
Vicki Larrieux suffers from lachanophobia, which is a fear of vegetables, the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph reported.
As a result, Larrieux survives on a diet of meat, potatoes, cereals and an occasional apple, but refuses even a single slice of carrot on her dinner plate.
"I have always had an irrational fear of vegetables even as a child I used to properly freak out if some carrots or a few peas were on my plate," she told the newspaper. "Every time I would see vegetables not just on my plate, but anywhere, I would get feelings of panic, start sweating and my heart rate would shoot up."
Treatments for the condition include "psychological reprogramming" to control the anxious response to seeing vegetables.
“I'm confident that I will eventually overcome the phobia,” Larrieux said. “I'd love to be able to sit down to a Sunday roast with a pile of greens, and I'm sure one day that will happen."