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does anyone feel like ARFID overlaps with anorexia for them?


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#1 inliinwy

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 07:46 PM

like I genuinely feel that certain foods and textures cause me insane panic but I also have distorted body image and intentionally starve to lose weight so? where does that put me, lol 


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 11:21 PM

Yes, me! “Am I really afraid of this food or am I afraid of the weight gain?” is a question I find myself asking a lot.
Part of me is also quite worried that my anorexia will be found out and nobody will believe my ARFID because they’ll assume it’s a cover or something for my anorexia :(
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Posted 10 April 2020 - 12:09 PM

Yes absolutely. 
I have no idea what came first... 

 

Anorexia made me restrict so much- I am now pretty much scared of everything expect for like 5 safe foods. 

Even the texture of apples puts me off nowadays... 

 

But my mom told me that I went through weeks of only drinking juice and rejecting any type of food when I was a child (like 5 years old) 

 

 

... It's so confusing 



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Posted 22 April 2020 - 05:41 AM

To a certain extent, I've had ARFID for as long as I can remember but only developed anorexia in high school and now relapse every couple of years. I've found they both certainly feed into one another.


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Posted 22 April 2020 - 03:14 PM

Yes absolutely. 
I have no idea what came first... 

 

Anorexia made me restrict so much- I am now pretty much scared of everything expect for like 5 safe foods. 

Even the texture of apples puts me off nowadays... 

 

But my mom told me that I went through weeks of only drinking juice and rejecting any type of food when I was a child (like 5 years old) 

 

 

... It's so confusing 

 

I had similar phases as a child, only accepting fries and processed foods.

Certain food groups trigger my gag reflex, and have for a long time.  It was not until middle school I actively lost weight.


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Posted 24 April 2020 - 04:59 PM

Yes, this was it for me, arfid and ocd combined pretty much equal anorexia
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Posted 27 April 2020 - 10:40 PM

I had similar phases as a child, only accepting fries and processed foods.
Certain food groups trigger my gag reflex, and have for a long time.  It was not until middle school I actively lost weight.


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Posted 20 May 2020 - 03:08 PM

oh yeah, it massively crosses over for me. most of the foods i can't stand are extremely fattening and just generally nasty, but unfortunately it crosses over into some fruits and vegtables (bananas and onions make me gag) 


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 05:13 PM

Definitely. I had what would have been considered ARFID as a child and it's definitely intertwined with my current ED presentation of anorexia.


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Posted 24 July 2020 - 12:14 AM

Me too, I'll restrict because I'm scared of weight and have a distorted body image but I'll also restrict because of the taste or texture and they'll overlap a lot



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Posted 28 July 2020 - 10:01 AM

Yeah definitely! It's an under-researched area IMO, I had trouble convincing some of my dieticians that I actually, truly, never liked cheese or bread.

My sister is underweight by her ARFID, unfortunately.



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Posted 25 November 2020 - 01:20 PM

Absolutely! I think I've always had disordered eating (I have always been extremely picky; I have always been grossed out by certain textures; I have always been a "visual eater," to the point that I wouldn't eat things that I normally like if they looked unpresentable; I've never had much of an appetite.) But I think as time went on, I also associated my identity with being skinny and it morphed into anorexia.

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Posted 27 November 2020 - 10:11 PM

Yup. Definitely is more so ARFID for me but when anxiety and depression get bad it is really not a hard leap to go into other ED territories (more of a "barely have to tiptoe over the line" really).

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Posted 11 December 2021 - 10:11 PM

there's so much overlap between my anorexia and arfid i honestly don't feel like it's really accurate to say that i have one or the other. like, the way that a lot of medical research and academic work talks about anorexia is.... maybe just arfid?? there's often an understanding that "anorexia" doesn't necessarily include the kinds of body image issues, dysmorphia, etc. that are such defining traits of it in the public eye. but at the same time, i think a lot of that is because medical professionals tend to assume that arfid only happens to like. autistic and developmentally disabled children who are under the age of ten and it's just "extreme picky eating" which is so not true.





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