A New York man who lost more than 300 pounds about three years ago is now afraid to eat. Doug May is struggling with a fear of food, an eating disorder that is not that uncommon.
“It is something I commonly see,” said Anna Voss, a licensed professional counselor. “After working so hard on one particular goal and then reaching it, it makes sense to become afraid of the thing that created the problem for you in the first place. In this case, it's food.”
Voss said the issue is similar to the way a recovering alcoholic will be scared of bars or beer.
"I don't want to put the weight back on," May said. "If I could get over that, I'd be OK."
He basically survives on a vegan diet these days and mainly eats raw fruits, vegetables and occasionally fish, Go Upstate reported.
May now realizes how much he relied on food. “When you try to take that out of it, it's hard to function,” he said. “I just want to be able to enjoy a pizza with my (10-year-old) son.”
An expert in the field suggests that people looking to shed pounds consult a professional.
“People sometimes have the best intentions of doing something like losing weight but go about it the wrong way,” said Bob Brown, the manager of the Spartanburg Regional Heart Wellness Center. “People need to have that coach that oversees what they are doing and help educate them on the importance of things like nutrition and exercise. People can tend to take things to the extreme and lose a lot of weight because they are not versed in what foods they should or should not eat as well as understanding the types of calories they are using.”