The word "neophobia" should not be Greek to you. It comes from the Greek "neos" meaning new + "-phobia" from the Greek "phobos" meaning fear = fear (of anything) new. Neophobia is not a neologism (a new word); it's been around a while (Stoppler, 2021).
Food Neophobia is the stated as the tendency to avoid novel foods to prefer familiar foods. This person can taste and or refuse to try any food item they are truly not familiar with, example my one friend has a fear of trying mustard, carrots and soup. Food neophobia can be caused from parental influences on the food their children eat. It also can be caused from a previous chocking or food poising experience. The unwillingness to try these foods is what sets this phobia apart from just “not liking” the food.
This disorder can lead to malnutrition, phycological issues, and limited social experiences. disorder can lead to malnutrition, phycological issues, and limited social experiences. “All phobias are unreasonable sorts of fear that can cause avoidance and panic. They represent a relatively common type of anxiety disorder. Phobias can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy using exposure and fear reduction techniques. In many cases, anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication proves helpful, especially during the early stages of therapy” (Stoopler, 2021). This is especially prevalent in young school kids when they avoid certain trips or experiences because of their fear of going out to eat or eating/being around a certain food. In extreme cases this can result in death or another illness. Ways to help food neophobia are muckbangs, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
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