I Have An Eating Disorder You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

"I can look at a food and know instantly, by the way my body reacts, whether or not it’s something I will be able to eat without gagging." (Photo: ValentynVolkov via Getty Images)
“I can look at a food and know instantly, by the way my body reacts, whether or not it’s something I will be able to eat without gagging.” (Photo: ValentynVolkov via Getty Images)

I’m a grown woman and I’ve never eaten sushi. I’ve never tasted avocado or grapefruit or chicken wings or pickles or yogurt and, not to rock your world, but I’ve never had a cup of coffee. In fact, the list of foods I’ve never eaten is far, far longer than the list of those I have.

For most of my life, I had no idea why the thought of eating many foods would make me gag. I knew I wasn’t a garden-variety picky eater, but until very recently, I wasn’t aware that there was a name for it.

Now I know better. I have ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder), an eating disorder that used to be called

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