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I think in forced anorexia recovery I developed ARFID


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#1 anoshrekxic

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Posted 10 February 2021 - 01:23 PM

So basically I was forced into anorexia recovery by my parents and I'm still in treatment, during recovery my OCD got worse and I cut out all meat, eggs and dairy and it got worse to the point I can only have uncrustables, rice cakes, pickles, protien shakes, Oreos, fries, cashew milk, cucumbers, carrots and hummus. I'm not afraid of choking or vomiting it's just the thought of eating anything else makes me almost nauseated and I refuse to eat them. I had never been a picky eater and before anorexia I used to love things like meat, cookies, chocolate, ice cream etc. But I cant even stand the thought of them now. Does this sound like ARFID or could it be something else?


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Posted 10 February 2021 - 01:43 PM

Do you care about gaining or losing weight?


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Posted 10 February 2021 - 01:47 PM

Do you care about gaining or losing weight?

I think since I have anorexia even if I am weight restored I care about weight however the foods that I can have aren't based on calories, just everything else is very unappetizing to me and makes me gag.


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Posted 10 February 2021 - 01:54 PM

I think since I have anorexia even if I am weight restored I care about weight however the foods that I can have aren't based on calories, just everything else is very unappetizing to me and makes me gag.

I'm not a specialist or medical professional by any means, so don't quote me. But people with ARFID do not have any focus on weight loss. Their picky eating is more just because they don't like the texture of a certain food or it smells weird to them. 

 

What you sound like you're describing is orthorexia. It's common for people with anorexia to recover and develop either binge eating disorder or orthorexia instead. The foods you cut out seem like traditional high fat foods that people tend to avoid or even be scared of when losing weight too. People with orthorexia will commonly cut out whole food groups too just like you did as well. The biggest determining factor is, if you still have a focus on losing weight or have a fear of weight gain as well as have things like body image issues and the like, then it's likely orthorexia.


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Posted 16 February 2021 - 04:49 PM

I'm not a specialist or medical professional by any means, so don't quote me. But people with ARFID do not have any focus on weight loss. Their picky eating is more just because they don't like the texture of a certain food or it smells weird to them. 

 

What you sound like you're describing is orthorexia. It's common for people with anorexia to recover and develop either binge eating disorder or orthorexia instead. The foods you cut out seem like traditional high fat foods that people tend to avoid or even be scared of when losing weight too. People with orthorexia will commonly cut out whole food groups too just like you did as well. The biggest determining factor is, if you still have a focus on losing weight or have a fear of weight gain as well as have things like body image issues and the like, then it's likely orthorexia.

Although uncommon people can have both anorexia and ARFID. where arfid most commonly occurs after a recovery from anorexia, so the thoughts about weight loss are still lingering. But the aversion  to food, inability to eat a variety and/or the fear of chocking etc can come afterwards. It gets really complicated but can happen.


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Posted 16 February 2021 - 04:54 PM

So basically I was forced into anorexia recovery by my parents and I'm still in treatment, during recovery my OCD got worse and I cut out all meat, eggs and dairy and it got worse to the point I can only have uncrustables, rice cakes, pickles, protien shakes, Oreos, fries, cashew milk, cucumbers, carrots and hummus. I'm not afraid of choking or vomiting it's just the thought of eating anything else makes me almost nauseated and I refuse to eat them. I had never been a picky eater and before anorexia I used to love things like meat, cookies, chocolate, ice cream etc. But I cant even stand the thought of them now. Does this sound like ARFID or could it be something else?

Yeah that's totally possible. ARfID goes much deeper than the choking/vomiting part. such as

Not liking certain textures, tastes, smells

General aversion to food, meaning you have no interest in food the thought of food makes you sick

having a very limited diet of safe foods. A big emphasis on the fact it's any food. Can be super high calories but that doesn't matter to the person it's just the food is okay.

It can be really complicated if you have a previous ED diagnosis. but you can develop ARFID regardless of your past ED history. 


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