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Holy shit I think I had ARFID as a kid


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#1 PixelCat

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Posted 13 October 2020 - 07:27 AM

I was about 9 when I somehow picked up a Giardia infection. Cue vomiting, diarrhoea, and having to chug shitloads of horrid medicine. I developed a severe fear of eating and vomiting for a while, and I remember one of my Mum’s friends begging me to eat while my Mum cried in the other room. It went away gradually, and I was quite fussy for ages. I slimmed right down after this, and keeping slim was easy because I rarely ate beyond being full - I kept some of that fear of vomiting. At 19 I discovered the ‘joys’ of overeating and that was the closure of one door and the opening of another.

I also have a vague memory of someone asking if I thought I was fat, and being perplexed by the question. My Mum died last year, so I can’t ask her for more details. My brother was too little to remember and god only knows what happened to that trashy friend of Mum’s.

So yeah, this shit now has a name.
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Posted 13 October 2020 - 07:32 AM

I was about 9 when I somehow picked up a Giardia infection. Cue vomiting, diarrhoea, and having to chug shitloads of horrid medicine. I developed a severe fear of eating and vomiting for a while, and I remember one of my Mum’s friends begging me to eat while my Mum cried in the other room. It went away gradually, and I was quite fussy for ages. I slimmed right down after this, and keeping slim was easy because I rarely ate beyond being full - I kept some of that fear of vomiting. At 19 I discovered the ‘joys’ of overeating and that was the closure of one door and the opening of another.

I also have a vague memory of someone asking if I thought I was fat, and being perplexed by the question. My Mum died last year, so I can’t ask her for more details. My brother was too little to remember and god only knows what happened to that trashy friend of Mum’s.

So yeah, this shit now has a name.

You know, lots of things fall into places as we grow older, and even if it makes you feel sad and down remembering things - in the end it can comfort you having the clues to what shaped you, easier to forgive yourself and stop blaming yourself for things you couldn't help!!

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Posted 13 October 2020 - 08:44 AM

<3  I had what would have been ARFID as a kid too...interesting how we now finally put the pieces together


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Posted 13 October 2020 - 08:51 AM

Oh man, my sister has ARFID (congenital), I've always been a picky eater basically. Not as underweight as her (due to ARFID at least), but the disgust is 100% there.

 

It definitely complicates anorexia lol.


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Posted 09 November 2020 - 01:25 AM

Same! Hadn’t heard of it until today. I never understood how people could eat foods they didn’t like, just wasn’t a possibility for me when I was a child.

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Posted 09 November 2020 - 01:28 AM

Maybe unrelated but even as a kid I remember looking at my stomach from the side. Almost like body checks? I don’t ever remember liking my body.


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Posted 04 January 2022 - 11:47 PM

Yeh same :/ 

My parents and grandparents would bring me to drs and nutritionalists alot as a kid cuz I just refused everything, and lost quite a bit of weight through this as well

At my worst i had to be hospitalized for organ damage at 8 years old (thankfully made a full recovery from it tho)

 

But it changed into bulimia at 12, and eventually b/p anorexia at 15



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Posted 17 January 2022 - 02:23 PM

My therapist thinks I did as well. I was a GERD baby, threw up everything and as I got older it developed into a variety of food sensitivities. I thought it was normal for years but I would get sick after I ate anything especially in public(later got an ibs diagnosis) but I wouldn’t eat in public, or before going places because I would get so physically ill. I’m still to this day terrified of certain foods because of how they made or make me feel. I have AN but it’s like bits and pieces started falling into place when she mentioned arfid.



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