Jade Youngman swears she's not just a picky eater.
The 25-year-old has been formally diagnosed with Restrictive Eating Disorder (ARFID), a fantastic medical phrase that somehow justifies her phobia. a plate of dog meat. "
"It will bring me back if I eat it. It will make me marry and it will be difficult to have it in front of me, ”Youngman tells PA Real Life. "I know it won't kill me if I eat it, and I know it will probably taste good, but I can't put it in my mouth."
Instead, she eats a diet made mostly of processed meats, forgiving carbohydrates and dairy products. She calls them "safe foods", adding that she will no longer try anything new.
"I tried to try it, but I can't," she says. "I always ate chicken nuggets, pizza, plain pasta with cheese and chips ̵
At 3 years old, doctors tell the young man's parents that he will grow out of his vain eating habits. This was before ARFID was considered a legitimate diagnosis.
Her parents tell her that they can't remember a childhood trauma that would have triggered her fears, but Youngman thinks that this could turn her off the texture of the production.
"Not so much taste. For example, I like the aroma of fajita spice, but I could never eat peppers or chili because of the texture, "she says. "Even if I thought I might like the scent on my head, it wouldn't let me eat it."
In 2013, the therapist told Youngman he probably suffered from ARFID – a diagnosis of catching people who test certain foods or food groups. While most patients cite taste, texture, and odor as major revolutions, cases can also result from a disturbing experience, such as suffocation or vomiting.
A youth says that her condition causes depression and anxiety and prevents her from enjoying a normal social life. Critics say "condemnative" critics say he's bluffing.
"People don't believe you," she says. "They just put things in front of you and say, 'Why don't you just try it? You will like it. "But I know I'm going to get sick."
She now fears the negative health effects associated with poor diet, such as the case of a British teenager who has become legally blind due to malnutrition. His eating habits were similar to those of Youngman, consuming mostly fried potatoes, white bread, sausages and potato chips.
"I have not lost my sight, but [his] the background is very similar to mine, so I really worry about it," she says. "I know it has an effect on my health."
A young man says that he is "constantly tired" and knows that there is a shortage of iron, for which he takes supplements; nevertheless, she complains that doctors do not take her condition seriously.
"I'm not sure what the other health implications are, as doctors don't seem to recognize my problems as a medical condition, so they don't test me for everything," she says she. "They just say I'm going to have to change my diet at some point."
Now she's praying for anyone who thinks they can "fix it."
"I feel helpless as if I couldn't do anything about it," says Youngman. "I would do anything to have someone correct me. I just want to find someone to help me."