I’ve got ARFID. Why can’t I eat different foods?

At some point, every person with ARFID asks themselves these simple questions:

I’d like to eat something different, but when I try I just can’t.
Why does this happen to me? Why can’t I be like everyone else?

What is it that overrides the logical wants of an ARFID person, and prevents them from expanding their safe group of foods? This article will get to the heart of this dilemma. But firstly, what is ARFID?

What is ARFID?
ARFID is the acronym for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. Since 2013 ARFID has been listed as a recognised Eating Disorder in the DSM-5 (the Diagnostic….

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