Why Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Think

[♪ INTRO] Eating disorders are a group of serious psychological
conditions that can have grave impacts on a person’s
physical health. And they’re way more common than you probably
think. That’s because, most of the time, when people
talk about “eating disorders,” they’re only talking about the ones that
involve eating next to nothing or purging. And it turns out, those conditions don’t
make up the majority of diagnoses. In recent years, research has begun to highlight
the wide variation in eating disorder symptoms. And that’s led to a more complete understanding
of how these disorders arise, and how to recognize them, so hopefully, more
people can get the help they need. Eating disorders are incredibly complex mental
health conditions which are influenced by a variety of environmental
and genetic factors. But when people talk about eating disorders,
usually, only two specific conditions are brought up. The first is Anorexia Nervosa—or just anorexia,
for short which is characterized by very restricted
food intake, often to the point of becoming too thin and
malnourished to survive. The other is Bulimia Nervosa. People with bulimia generally end up in cycles of out of control eating or “binging”
followed by purging behaviors. Both of these involve attempts to limit weight
gain in some way, and most often occur alongside a condition
known as body dysmorphia— a distressing preoccupation with your own
perceived physical flaws. But even though these two disorders are the
ones you might hear about most often, they don’t make up the majority of eating
disorder diagnoses; in some studies, they account for a quarter
or less. So the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder
is known as OSFED: Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders. If that seems vague… it is meant to be. It’s kind of a catch all condition. Not everyone with it will have exactly the
same symptoms, but they generally meet a mix of the criteria
for other eating disorders. And they may have other behavioral symptoms. For example, many people with eating disorders
report improperly using laxatives to lose weight or feel empty. The thinking behind this is that these drugs
‘rush’ food through a person’s system, and calories or nutrients won’t be absorbed
if everything’s passed out of the body very quickly. But, that’s not how any of this works. Laxatives stimulate the large intestine, not the small intestine where all that food
actually gets absorbed. And just to be 100% clear: laxative abuse
is incredibly dangerous, and can have severe, potentially life threatening
consequences. Rather than reducing calories, the body mostly
loses water, so people that improperly use laxatives can
become dangerously dehydrated. And pharmaceutical misuse is an unfortunately
common theme when it comes to eating disorders. For example, people who have diabetes as well
as an eating disorder often engage in insulin undertreatment or
omission, a potentially deadly behavior that aims to force weight loss by reducing
your body’s ability to metabolize food. Though not identified as its own disorder
by the DSM-5, this practice is so common that it’s recently
become known as diabulimia— a combination of diabetes and bulimia. And it increases the odds of diabetes complications
like kidney damage, nerve damage and blindness. These are severe behaviors, so if they remain
unnoticed, it’s because they’re done in private. And that’s part of why the prevalence of
eating disorders is higher than you might think. But there’s more to it than that. A larger, more sinister reason eating disorders
can go undiagnosed is cultural. The scientific community has only recently
begun to deal with the fact that most eating disorder research has been
done mainly or exclusively on women, and specifically, on cisgender women trying
to meet unhealthy ideals for feminine bodies. People with eating disorders who aim for traditionally
masculine physical ideals can present very differently. They tend to be aiming to bulk up rather than
get thin, for example. Studies have found that roughly 90% of American
men feel that way, though the US is a bit of an outlier. In other countries, that number is lower. Like, in Uganda and Ukraine, the figure is 49% and 69%, respectively. Of course, wanting to gain muscle doesn’t
mean you have a disorder. But it does illustrates how prevalent the
pressure is to have a certain physique. And a lot of the ways people might go about
getting more muscular— like dieting, exercising, and being conscious
of nutrient intake— can be taken to pathological extremes. For example, if a person makes rigid rules
for consumption — like “50 push ups before I can have
a protein shake” — that’s wandering into unhealthy behavior
territory. Such food rules fall under the broader umbrella
of disordered eating behaviors because they tend to stem from — and lead
to — people thinking too much about food and eating. And they usually become more restrictive over
time. People trying to bulk up may also struggle
with a lot of the same psychological issues people with anorexia
or bulimia do, like feelings of guilt, inadequacy, and unattractiveness. And they might even have muscle dysmorphia, an unhealthy preoccupation and dissatisfaction
with the perceived size of their muscles, or use bodybuilding supplements excessively. The problem is, these kinds of things are
often seen as ‘normal’ for guys, or even healthy, so many people don’t even
realize what they’re experiencing is a disorder. And even if they do know that they have body
or food issues, they may not seek treatment because eating disorders are
often stigmatized as like a “girl” or “gay” thing. Of course, it’s not just men who present
with eating disorder symptoms like these. Research published in 2017 surveyed 101 women
who post so-called ‘fitspiration’ pics on Instagram — that’s fitness inspiration
photos, for those of us not familiar with the lingo — and compared them with 102 women who post
travel photos. The fitspiration posters scored higher on
measures of disordered eating, and nearly 1/5 of them were considered at
risk for a clinically relevant eating disorder, because they showed an especially high drive
for muscularity and compulsive exercise. So just how many people unknowingly have this
kind of eating disorder is unclear — but it’s almost guaranteed to be higher
than previous estimates. And there’s unfortunately more. You see, not all eating disorders have to
do with unrealistic body ideals. A good example is Avoidant/Restrictive Food
Intake Disorder, or ARFID. The disorder was newly defined when the DSM-5
published in 2013, and it’s characterized by a persistent failure
to meet nutritional or energy needs with at least one more extreme consequence
stemming from that, like needing a feeding tube. But people with ARFID don’t have body image
distortion and aren’t looking to get thin or buff — it’s food or the act of eating
itself that’s the issue. A study from 2014 found that those who meet
the criteria for ARFID more frequently report issues with things like the texture, flavor,
or color of their food, or even a fear of choking. They often also have intense fear of trying
or being made to eat new foods. So in order to avoid all these potential anxiety
triggers, they just kind of avoid everything to do with the foods that make
them uncomfortable, even if that means eating very little or not
getting the nutrients they need. Generally, ARFID is associated with children,
but these aren’t just cases of picky eating. Kids grow out of that. People with ARFID don’t, and symptoms can
continue into adulthood. As of yet, there’s no consensus on how prevalent
ARFID is, which makes sense, as it’s a recently defined
disorder. But it seems to be more common in boys, and
even if it’s not very common, it broadens our understanding of what an eating
disorder is and who has them. And with increased awareness of just how diverse
eating disorders can be, hopefully, we can get much better at identifying
them and how they arise — which will make us even better at treating
them. Because although it’s often a long, hard
road, recovery is possible — and it starts with a proper diagnosis. Thanks for watching this episode of SciShow
Psych! If you’re concerned that you or someone
you care about may have an eating disorder, there are people who can help. In the US, you might want to check out the
National Eating Disorders Association website, which is linked in the description. There, you can find a screening tool which
can help determine if you should seek professional help, as well as options
for chatting online or over the phone with trained volunteers. Also 24/7 Crisis Support is available via
text by sending NEDA to 741-741. [♪ OUTRO]

100 thoughts on “Why Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Think

  1. So, here's the thing… I find a lot of tastes and textures to be absolutely disgusting, but I do actually like food and eating. I'm getting tested for ASD (yeah yeah, should've been tested when I was a kid, not my fault), and many people with ASD have food-related problems regarding texture or sound. Would ASD symptoms revolving around food count as a separate eating disorder, or would it just fall under ASD?

  2. ARFID is more common in boys? And people with it are more susceptible to textures in the food bag the problem? That sounds to me like there's going to be a high correlation between ARFID and autism spectrum disorder. I suspect that in many cases it's an extreme presentation of autistic sensory processing issues, maybe largely in people with otherwise subtle symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose autism.

  3. A month or so ago I was going into a really dark place, eating much less than I normally did. Basically trying to develop anorexia. Then my eating disorder ridden friend caught on and yelled at me about it, so now I'm eating semi-normally again. I don't want her to really catch on, so I think I'll act normal for a while and then slowly go back… I swear, it was going to work soon, if she hadn't stopped me then I wouldn't have lost all that progress…

  4. Being a parent who has fought weight issues my entire life, I was very conscious of teach my daughters better eating habits than I’d grown up with. I must say the biggest positive impact came from getting them to understand that to be healthy doesn’t mean you can never have junk food/candy/etc, simply that you keep it all in moderation.

    The other cycle that most people don’t recognize, especially parents, is that we don’t realize just how much we can contribute to eating disorders. Best example is the link between emotion and food. Yet I don’t know of any family who doesn’t combine food and emotional situations. Celebrate a birthday… have dinner. Christmas is here… make a giant dinner. Someone passes away, your home is overflowing with casseroles and desserts. It’s a very hard habit to break! But if you can recognize the issue of emotion and food, you have a better chance to break that cycle and teach kids that food is fuel not comfort!

  5. I think being generally unhappy with your body and trying to achieve some non-existent ideal is root cause of all eating disorders…….
    we are biggest bully of ourselves……we need to let us breath……we need to love ourselves……

  6. I have the fear of eating anything that’s already been opened. The thought of eating spoiled food is my big fear, I have to buy single portion foods and I could never eat leftovers.

  7. While ARFID is a real thing, it's important to avoid mixing it up with genuine sensory issues or even food allergies the person might have. Someone with sensory issues WILL avoid foods with textures or tastes that cause them distress and they shouldn't be forced to endure that. Allergies…
    Look, if you're gonna force someone to eat something they're allergic to and they end up going into anaphylaxis, that is entirely on you.
    Source: Am autistic and have a laundry list of allergies that require me to cook a lot of my own food and make travel difficult.

  8. looks at parents forcing me to eat past my limits So I have to eat EVERYTHING…. Or we don't leave the restaurant or my dad doesn't let me forget and always tells me to eat more…. I am glad people now talk about how you don't have to be starving to have a eating disorder, speaking of it's time for a large dinner

  9. I think psychiatrists tend to have a certain disorder which consists in trying to diagnose fantasy diseases into fairly normal and healthy people. Especially if the people somehow deviate from the "average".

  10. I know a child with autism that has the last disorder. He won’t eat anything that is too soft. Apple sauce, banana, bread that isn’t toasted

  11. I feel like BED was really left out and as a sufferer of it it's really hard to prove to doctors that you're not just lazy and don't want to eat healthy. It's a compulsion to eat in excess. It's horrible when you binge then get more depressed that you binged and want to do it again.

  12. Something that wasn’t covered that I think is worth mentioning is the combination of restriction + exercising off every calorie, which is effectively just as bad as eating nothing, if not worse because you’re breaking down existing muscle without providing enough nutrition to repair it.

  13. *Is there one associated with barely eating because you're too exhausted to bother and then not eating because eating will make you feel sick when you're this hungry
    *And then you stop feeling hunger and only realize you need food when you're already in pain
    *L m a o,,,,

  14. I suffered from anorexia for years and i’m still not fully recovered. Its a constant cycle of starving and binging. The thing I do wish is if somebody noticed. The mindset was always ‘you’ll always be happier not eating’ ‘you’ll always be happy skinnier’ and I can’t say that I still don’t have this awful mindset. I wouldn’t say it necessarily came from pressure but rather from my association with starving to happiness and control.

  15. Is there a diagnosis for ignoring your body's need for food without motivated reasoning? Cause i might have something like that. Like its not me feeling like i want to achieve anything, its that im unmotivated. If im hungry or know that im empty ill just not care and continue on with my day. All i really do is eat for the sake of sustaining myself or to make my tummy stop hurting. (I seem to be doing fine, cause im a healthy weight, but still idk if its good for me to continue like this)

  16. I used to have an eating disorder and now I still am in recovery going in for my way in December
    It is very hard to fix it and I still struggle with it right now
    But I've stopped counting calories and punishing myself still trying to get period back

    I used to have a fear of chocking when I was younger and I got over it in 2 years
    I still sometimes don't like leafy greens which I've chocked on constantly like buk choo and long piece of spinach when cooked a certain ways but raw is fine

  17. I have rounds with an eating disorder but mine isn't mental health related.

    I'm prone to iron deficiency anemia. When my iron levels drop too low, I experience PICA. PICA is an eating disorder that is craving non-food. As a kid, when my iron levels fell too low, I would eat dirt. As an adult, I still crave dirt when my iron levels are too low. The worst was during pregnancy, the cravings for dirt were maddening! Chewing ice helped. I don't like ice in my drinks but while pregnant, I would run into stores and just ask for ice to help me resist eating dirt. I was very grateful people didn't ask questions. I have to stay on top of what I eat and make sure I get enough iron.

  18. Thank you thank you thank you for mentioning ARFID. I’m 28, have had ARFID practically my entire life, but only learned of the term in the last few years. A tip for parents with a “picky eater”:
    -If your child chooses STARVATION over trying the food they insist they will vomit from…this is more than just being picky about dinner.
    -Work WITH your kid, not AGAINST your kid. Work with the food groups they like and foods similar to it. Don’t expect them to try absolutely everything. And pay attention to their triggers.
    -Remember that a diet need not be widely varied to be healthy and nutritious.

  19. I feel like he completely avoided the other side of eating disorders, eating too much and being unable to recognise when they've had too much.

  20. I need to tell my brother about ARFID. He was actually hospitalized as a child for low Iron and B12 because he is afraid of meat. The only thing he was not afraid of was potatoes and even then the way they were cooked mattered. He has gotten better now as an adult but still struggles. He has recently been dealing with other mental health stuff from our childhood and at the same time feeling more comfortable to try new foods so I think he is working through it but he should still know

  21. another thing i think should be noted is that since anorexia has a weight requirement, someone who has the exact same behaviors as someone with 'typical' anorexia but is a normal weight would get diagnosed with OSFED

  22. I probably had ARFID during my year long (at least) struggle with the aftereffects of NoroVirus. I had to carry Icewater for my nausea for almost 2 years and was on a Ranitidine and GasX regimen due to the fact that I was so nauseated for so long.

  23. ayyy we've been telling my boyfriend he has an eating disorder for years, thanks for educating about arfid, maybe now he'll admit…. no he still says he's fine.

  24. I have ARFID. My psych and therapist said it is a comorbidity issue with my OCD. I have terrifyingly intense food aversions. And they are so weirdly specific. Like peas. I will vomit just seeing a bowl of cooked peas. The smell of hotdogs too.

    On the flip side, I have just as intense food loves. I drink so much sparkling water because the fizz grounds me but I don't want to drink that much soda.

  25. I'm so glad to see someone covering arfid. I've always dealt with it and it's caused me so many issues whenever I go out to eat or try to be healthy… Thanks for making us more visible.

  26. I have this weird thing where I eat, and if my stomach doesn't hurt for a while, then I won't eat until my stomach hurts. I'm 12 and 65 pounds 😬

  27. I do not like the term "cis gendered". Biologically born women do not need all of that extra. Biologically born women are women and trans women are trans women. The want of the LGBTQ community to do away with the prefix trans is a very deceptive practice. Biologically born men usually have to undergo some type of transformation in order to appear as "women". Trans women is the perfect term for them.

  28. Im suffering from vomiting from anxiety, its been going on for 11 months now. The hospital wont do anything about it, Ive dropped 20 kg and its gone so far that I get triggered by food so I start throwing up if someone starts pushing me to eat

  29. I'm a bulimarexic and I'm not ashamed of it. It's a symptom of my autism. A type of stimming for me. Also I'm nonbinary and it's been my way to stay shapeless. I'm tired of doctors threatening me to stop without treating my autism or giving me an alternative. There are many reasons for behaviors and they are not educated in all of them. So I'll probably always have this cuz it's going on 23 years

  30. I am not sure if what I have is an eating disorder or not. It is something similar to ARFID but I am generally not a picky eater, it's just that I go through periods of the constant need to eat or chew and not wanting to eat anything because the smell and texture make me want to puke. For example, I couldn't for a long time eat minced meat, pancakes or any kind of thick substances because it either put me off or triggered puking.

  31. You didn't mention food anxiety. I struggled with food anxiety in the 90s to the 00s with no recognition of what this was back then. I had a traumatic event when I was 16 that left me unable to swallow at random times. I also had a fear of gagging & throwing up. This wasn't arfid as there were no links to texture & my fear wasn't trying new things or anything like that. In fact, when well, I loved & now again love trying new things. The only thing that helped me (with my psychiatric team being clueless) was a new medication at the time, Effexor, known here in the UK as Venlafaxine. Apart from that, it was God's help & sheer determination on my part to get better that enabled me to recover. While I'm much better now, it does briefly return during periods of stress.

  32. I have pica and i dont see many talk about howautism can cause eating disorders sometimes… For me my brain can just turn off the feeling of hunger if im focused on something, can be hours to even days… Ive lost count how many times my husband has reminded me to eat because i didnt feel hungry so i just didnt… Even tho i hadnt eaten all day.

  33. When I restrict my calorie intake, I eat paper. Or I'll eat food and then spit it out. Like the feeling of hunger, of feeling too weak. But then I also love food sometimes. My intentions with my body are insane.

  34. You really feel warmth and sincerity at the end when recommending help. It's not just filled with triggering photos and then bye, they actually really want to help and that's sweet

  35. Successful treatment for eating disorders is possible and the unparalleled freedom of overcoming one is absolutely worth it. Sending love to any one who is currently battling in this hellish existence. You are loved!

  36. Ages ago i used to restrict food and water. The reason i did it however is because i have a chronic illness which causes a lot of pain which i have no way of controlling or preventing. Hunger i could control though, so not eating made me feel more in control of my own body if that makes sense :'D i dont do it anymore but its still something i have to be careful of

  37. Im kind of upset you didnt include binge eating disorder, which i think would be very relevant in America and even the UK…

  38. I have a phobia that makes me have an eating disorder. It's not to lose weight. It's just a legitimate fear. I'm always afraid I'm going to get food poisoning. I cannot eat chicken or left overs that have been in the fridge for more than 2 days. Or anything in the fridge for more than 2 days. I cannot eat fruit past 2 days either or I think they are going bad. Basically if I want to eat I have to buy everything from the store the same day and cook it. There are a few exceptions that do not freak me out, but a lot of those are from frequent use. For example. I can est eggs for up to 3 weeks without fear of becoming sick, since eggs are a huge staple for me.
    I know this fear makes absolutely no sense. That's why it's a phobia. Its illogical but I cannot help it. I'm just happy my.husband supports me.

  39. I have chronic dehydration, I don't drink enough liquids because room temperature liquid is very uncomfortable for me, I have tendancies to choke, I'm picky about the taste of water. I'm wondering if this is a form of afrid

  40. i have a REALLY bad axinty of throwing up so my messed up brain was like hay if we don't eat nothing to throw up right? soooo, im scarred of eating… yayy?

  41. When i had my eating disorder i was "unspecified eating disorder with signs of anorexia" i got it from my family doctor so he didn't wanna flat out diagnose me and i really didn't care what i had as long as i could fix it
    7 months after that i was a healthy enough weight so it wasn't on my paper every time i went to the doctor
    I'd also like to point out that i only went into recovery because my mom said if i didn't met the weight gain expectations of my doctors (3-5lbs a month) i would get 302ed aka mental hospital

  42. Food is more than food to people who have eds it really cant make since to people who have a good relationship with food.

  43. Well I guess my bf has arfid and me to a certain extent. It doesn't affect me as much as him since he was visibly underweight when we first met. But I just can't eat some foods if it leaves a weird taste in my mouth. 😖

  44. So ARFID is like not wanting to eat not because of body issues but because the aversion food its self? Theres a term for it????

  45. In sixth grade I did a presentation on Orthorexia and literally nobody knew what I was talking about.

  46. How about if you live with 2 kids (I say kids Cuz they're my step kids.. they're in their 20's) with autism. High functioning. Kind of hard to explain it all. But they basically are teenagers. I'd say between 16-19 respectively.. a gal who is schizophrenic(? Nor 100% sure that's what I'm looking for.. but she hears voices sometimes? She's my youngests girlfriend) she is in her mid 20's. My son's friend who is 18 and has depression… and I don't eat often Cuz I constantly worry about everyone else having enough… I feel it's normal. To sacrifice for your kids. But I've gotten to a point where I'm really only eating one proper meal a day.. if that. My wife n I both kinda fit the bill for the last disorder you touched on. So I often find myself going out with her to a local restaurant or more often than not sadly. Fast food, ie:McDonald's, Jaxk in the Box etc.. I would prefer not to most of the time. As I am a cook myself. I do enjoy FOOD in general.. but often go with my wife so she's not alone…

  47. THANK YOU! I've suffered from ARFID for over a year as an adult and nobody seems to know what it is. When eating disorders get brought up people don't usually understand that I have a disorder that doesn't have to do with body image and try to give "advice" to bring up my self confidence when that is not the issue.

  48. Would being overly picky about the food you eat be considered a eating disorder? As far as I know (it's my sister) she doesn't check labels for nutrients or calories.

  49. Thank you for including ARFID in this video! Nobody believes me when I say I have an eating disorder, even some doctors. I wish people understood so that those with this illness can get the treatment and compassion they need instead of just criticism.

  50. In high school a lot of guys had eating disorders just trying to stay in a specific weight class for sports. Often this was encouraged.

  51. Hank – “Those are fitness inspiration for those of us…”

    Me – “Please say boomers, please say boomers”

    Hank – “Not familiar with the lingo”

    Me – “Awww :(“

  52. Does ARFID always have to be so intense that you need a feeding tube? I’m a female and I’m positive I suffer from ARFID. I don’t eat any fruits and texture is often a huge issue for me. I often struggle to find things to eat and struggle trying new foods. Sometimes the idea of a dish sounds good but I could never bring myself to eat it. Like chili cheese fries sounds like a good concept but I can’t eat chili 😖

  53. I was once in the hospital for some mental issues I was having, and there was a boy there who was almost an adult. He had ARFID, and would drink 3-8 cartons of milk at each meal and eat almost nothing else. Obviously, that's a little bit of an extreme case, but I find it astounding that there are these disordered behaviours out there that we've just shrugged off for so long. I'm diagnosed with OSFED myself, I engaged in bulimic + anorexic staple symptoms and lost a LOT of weight. They wouldn't diagnose me with anorexia because I didn't meet the "underweight" requirement, and I feel like this happens to a lot of others as well. I would've gotten help sooner if my diagnosis was one my insurance thought was worth looking at- but it wasn't. I wish these things were more widely understood and taken seriously.

  54. I have pretty much ARFID, but I never needed a feeding tube. I'm just cronicaly underweight. My trigger was a trauma and I have weeks in wich I have to concentrate not to choke whenever I put something in my mouth. But since I never had anything major happen because of it I haven't been diagnosed … You know because a doctor can only tell me my body's fine bud won't tall my to meet a psychiatrist who could have helped me.
    Ask anything you like

  55. It’s a real shame y’all didn’t mention binge eating disorder. Lots of people don’t know they have it and lots more think it’s just people being lazy and fat when it’s a real and very serious eating disorder.

  56. I think ARFID is rather common for people on the autistic spectrum.
    My girlfriend and I are both autistic. As a child she used to only eat chicken, rice, potatoes, and a few other things.
    I've gotten her to try so many foods just in 2 years of dating. She'd NEVER eaten Mac and cheese before!
    She still struggles a lot with trying new things, it's like pulling teeth getting her to try something new. But she has liked some of them. She loves broccoli and spinach now, that's a victory.
    I treated my own symptoms, mostly because I wanted to seem cool and adventurous by trying new foods. Often I'd hate a new food first time trying it but crave it later.
    But I do still struggle. It's hard for me to break my habits and not eat the same things every day.
    We eat way too much pasta. At least we add vegetables now, but yeah, still an issue.
    A lot of the time I just don't want to cook for myself. I can't motivate myself to do anything that takes more than 10 minutes.
    So even though we do like a lot more foods than we used to, it's still a battle getting us to even eat those new foods.

  57. ARFID seems like it holds hands with autism because it can cause such picky eating habits that you don’t meet nutritional needs

  58. I think I have ARFID. I've been defining my condition as food neophobia for a while, but I think this is closer to it. I get anxious when I go anywhere to eat, mainly restaurants and friends places, and I will flat out refuse to eat many foods that are too complicated or have a colour difference from what I'm used to. I eat many of the same things all the time, and have to smell food before I eat it.

  59. I eat a lot, but not very often. So once every 3 days, I eat a ton of food and then little to nothing, until the next big eating. I don’t feel hungry, I don’t do it on purpose…

  60. I think another really common eating disorder, especially in the United states, is people who turn to food for comfort. ( I don't know if this has a specific name or not) that's not healthy behavior but I know a LOT of people, including many family members, who do this.

  61. Yikes I have really similar symptoms to arfid 😬
    Certain looks of food, texture, taste, and new foods freak me out and idk why???really

    I never eat whenever I go to my family's for any occasion, and I hate it when people try to make me try new foods.

    I've always been really insecure about how I deal with food and feel like I'm letting everyone down all the time. I only tried my first burger three months ago, and I'm 13.

    Whenever my mom gets fed up with it, she always says, "It was the fault of that stupid pediatrician who said that you would grow out of it." I guess now I know that I'm not being completely stupid and stubborn

  62. When I was 9 I was afraid of getting sick from the food I ate and over the course of around a month? I lost 20 of my 90 pound weight. I had no idea ARFID was even a thing, so thanks
    Also I’ve been fine for a long time now 🙂

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