Also known as Sitophobia or Sitiophobia is fear of food or fear of eating. Cibo (Latin) means food. The fear of food usually when it is prepared by someone other than the person themselves or fear of unfamiliar ingredient leads to this phobia. It is not eating disorder like anorexia or body image issue.
Cibophobia people find it very difficult to go to restaurant, the reason is improper preparation of food or unsanitary method of cooking. They also avoid perishable foods, obsessive about expiration date (means looking at expiry date often), reluctant to eat non-veg items, extremely picky of eating certain food.
If left untreated, person’s diet may become increasingly limited and will have no reasons to eat food that they are uncomfortable with. They stop eating even vegetables and their irrational phobia can lead to severe health issues and mental problem.
Seeking professional help at early stage helps for proper diagnosis of cibophobia and its cure.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: January 19, 2018