31 Phobias: #11 the Fear of Food (Leftovers)
The Fear of Food (Leftovers)
A Difficult Phobia to Recognize
Cibohobia is NOT a common (specific) phobia and is rather difficult for doctors to diagnose. It's often confused as anorexia, especially that now society has gone "semi-health conscious". Most Cibophobiacs are rather health conscious and most keep themselves in shape. That does not mean that MOST people who keep fit are sufferers of Cibophobia or that there's a chance you may become a Cibophobiac if you start taking fitness seriously.
Anorexia is often mistaken to those who have Cibophobia because they refuse to eat certain foods. Leftovers mainly, but there's also fries served in a paper-lined plastic basket, condiments in plastic squirt bottles, &c. - the list goes on and on.
What's the BIG Deal with Leftovers?
Some Cibophoboiacs look at leftovers as nothing more than a petri dish full of viruses & diseases. The thought of eating leftovers can cause a Cibophobiac to feel nauseated. With extreme cases a sufferer can't even handle, touch or even see leftover food.
Curing a Cibophobia
Currently there are no known "sure cures" for Cibophobia. There is, however, therapists that can help those who suffer from Cibophobia and help try to control their symptoms while in public.
Most Cibophobiacs prefer NOT to have ANY food in their residence "what-so-ever" for fear of causing airborne viruses to develop and possibly get breathed in.
Those who suffer from fear of airborne viruses and getting sick are known as Hypochondriacs.
© 2014 James Timothy Peters