11 People Describe What It’s Like Living With Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

You’ve probably encountered a self-described “picky eater” in your time, but did you know that it sometimes goes beyond simple preference and veers into disorder.

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is exactly that, and if you’re curious, these 11 people are willing to tell you more about it.

11. I hope it goes well.

Therapy should be accessible to everyone.

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10. It’s good to challenge yourself.

In all aspects of life.

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9. Everything involves food.

This is a frustration for those with any dietary restrictions.

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8. Moms should be understanding.

If not them, who?

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7. It’s more than one thing.

Which makes it even harder to accommodate.

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6. You like what you like.

And forcing yourself to eat other stuff is hard.

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5. Families should be a safe place.

It stinks that they’re not for everyone.

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4. Anxiety is high.

I’m sure explaining is hard.

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3. This sounds so stressful.

I imagine it’s rough more often than not.

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2. It’s more than picky eating.

Which can be a hard thing to get others to accept.

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1. That can be hard for people to understand.

Why would anyone choose to live that way, though?

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Honestly, this sounds super rough.

I love food and would hate to not be able to eat much of it or have variety in my diet.