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Cibophobia (from Latin cibus, "food"), also known as sitophobia (from Greek sîtos, "wheat, bread"), is the fear of food. Sufferers may feel anxious when they eat as they may worry that a certain food could poison them. Cibophobes would limit eating foods. Cibophobia is usually caused by eating spoiled foods, getting poisoned by food, getting stomach upset by a certain food that made them vomit, or worrying that eating may make them fat. People who are allergic to food would more readily lead to cibophobia.
Treatment may involve desensitization wherein the feared food is gradually introduced until one is not anymore scared of eating the particular food. Psychotherapy may help as well as appetite stimulants especially for kids.
- Emetophobia – fear of vomiting