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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What does ARFID and fear of dogs have in common?

When we say someone has a FEAR of dogs, we’re not talking about someone who just doesn’t LIKE dogs. A FEAR (or phobia) of dogs means the person will cross to the opposite side of the road rather than be close to a dog; they won’t visit their friends if they know there is a dog in the house; their body goes into a state of anxiety and panic if a dog gets close to them (even if it’s on a lead, a happy dog or just trying to play and lick them); the thought of touching or patting a dog turns their stomach and makes them extremely uncomfortable.

Logically they may look at a dog and see that it is non threatening, but there is an inner part of them that dislikes dogs so intensely, that they can’t bring themselves to touch the dog even if they wanted ……

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