Food phobia can trigger several lifestyle disorders says a study

Fears and phobias are a part and parcel of life, but have you ever heard of neophobia or fear of new foods, sounds strange; but it’s true that many people struggle a lot with this phobia, which holds them back from trying new types of foods.
We often feel that we are too selective about our choices and preferences,when it comes to relishing food, but sometimes it’s difficult to figure out whether this is due to the phobia or just a seasonal issues.

Ironically, there are people all around the world struggling to lose weight and stay fit, but you will be amazed to come across people suffering from this disorder. According to a few studies, neophobia often leads to various nutritional deficiencies, this is simply because people suffering from this phobia generally tend to eat only a few selective things and often miss out on the nutritional aspect. Moreover, it also increases the risk of several lifestyle disorders such as diabetes and coronary diseases.

This abnormal eating behaviour, makes a person anxious and irritated with the idea of trying something new. As per the studies, this disorder often leads to chronic ailments and may increase the risk for several deficiencies.

According to a study conducted at the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, the University of Helsinki and the University of Tartu in Estonia, which was later published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was observed that there was a negative link between the levels of omega 3 fatty acids and neophobia. It was further established that neophobia impacts appetite, dietary quality, a surge in serum insulin which results in increasing the risk of diabetes and other lifestyle disorders. It further impacts the metabolism and body weight.

This study was conducted by including participants between the age group of 25 and 74 years, and the results were established observing a follow up of seven years. The researcher was conducted by observing a few parameters such as levels of fatty acids, citrate, High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol to name a few.

In a nutshell, it can be concluded that neophobia or fear of indulging in new foods have a direct impact on the overall health of an individual.