In worst case scenarios, people with the phobia tend to avoid eating out, socializing and going to parties. They may hardly eat at all and that's why many are often diagnosed as anorexic, but not bulimic as this illness involves the induction of vomiting. Emetophobics will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid becoming violently sick ("vomit continence," Nicolette Heaton-Harris & Linda Dean (2007), Emetophobia, ISBN 1843105365, p. 20), or seeing someone else becoming sick.
Fear of Being Sick Ruled My Life; Miss Wales Finalist Kirsty Rabjohns Obsessively Checks Food for Sell-By Dates, Has Never Been Drunk and Spent Most of Her Teenage Years Indoors - All Because of a Bizarre Phobia That Almost Led to an Eating Disorder. She Spoke to Claire Rees about Taking Charge of Her Fears
May 13, 2009; Byline: Claire Rees WHEN Kirsty Rabjohns was 15, her days were spent wishing school lessons away so she could go home and sleep....