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“Foods Can’t Touch on My Plate:” On Life with ARFID and Food Aversions

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Hate the taste of cilantro? Avoid foods that smell or look a certain way?If you answered yes to any of the above, then you share a lot in common with our ADDitude readers, many of whom experience strong sensory reactions to food based on taste, texture, smell, and/or temperature.

Sensory sensitivities, after all, commonly occur with ADHD, autism, and other forms of neurodivergence.Aversions to certain foods can create minor inconveniences around eating, but in extreme cases — as is the case for some of our readers — food aversions and selective eating are due to avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), a condition wherein food avoidance or restriction is based on sensory characteristics and qualities of food, concern about aversive consequences of eating, and/or a lack of interest in food.

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