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I don't have any body image or confidence issues at all. I just have had no interest in eating ever. The idea of the action of eating is stressful to the point where I don't want to eat/make anything until I absolutely have to. Help?

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Hi The extreme stress that

Hi

The extreme stress that you experience when eating or engaging in the process of food preparation sounds very debilitating. I am wondering whether it is the taste or texture of food that is unpleasant, or if there is some physical reason causing discomfort such as difficulty swallowing or mouth pain. Regardless of the cause, a chronic disinterest in eating limits your ability to partake in social events where food is involved, and takes away from the pleasure of enjoying a good meal. It is also difficult to maintain good nutrition when you truly have no desire to eat at all.

There are a number of causes that could contribute to this problem. The first step is to rule out certain physical concerns that could result in a lack of interest in food. An inability to chew and swallow food can be caused by a number of factors from dental problems to malformations in the mouth and throat. Dry mouth caused by a lack of saliva can make eating highly laborious, and a poor sense of smell or taste impacts the desire to eat.

Certain medications or medical treatments can negatively affect the appetite, resulting in poor nutrition and weight loss. These unwanted side effects usually go away when the medication or treatment is discontinued.

There is also a condition known as sensory processing disorder in which the brain struggles to integrate sensory information such as the taste, texture, sight, or smell of different foods. Long drawn-out meal times, poor nutrition, and weight loss are some of the symptoms associated with this disorder. Persons with sensory processing disorder may suffer an extreme aversion to food and eating.

Your ongoing struggle with eating raises a number of questions that are best answered by a medical doctor. It is also important to ensure that you are getting enough nutrition, even though you don’t feel like eating. Nutritional supplements may be helpful. It is very important to seek professional guidance when confronted with unusual symptoms such as loss of appetite, sudden changes in weight, or an aversion to eating.

Wishing you well.

Amy