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holy fuck! I'd never heard her speak before. I'm not a fan of ASMR in general but this is so annoying. The uwu baby voice and the shit tier quality cosplay material. Does she have a really expensive microphone for this crap?
I was hesitating to bring up QPP here because I presume she lurks and would start blasting it all over her instagram as soon as it was mentioned on PULL. But it's also something she should have encountered if she spent any meaningful time researching asexuality and connecting with fellow asexual people. Ace/aro people can even have a QPP who is in a romantic relationship with someone else. But I don't think that would stroke her ego the way she would like.
I feel like Kenna is definitely one of those people who can't figure out how to become friends with the boyfriends/girlfriends/partners of her friends. Because she sees them as competition for her friends' attention, not "someone I like thinks you're cool, so I might also enjoy your company".
So what Rachel said is: "I learned about something called ARFID, which is Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, which is a disorder often associated with either people with autism or anxiety, it often comes along with those two things." I think this is a very good way of putting it. Rachel isn't saying she is autistic, she's saying that this food disorder is common among autistic people and people with severe anxiety - and it's true. I've done some research into the matter myself, ages ago, because I had a similar thing. I was never dangerously underweight or malnourished but my health probably did take an impact. Other members have said as much, but I just want to add an explanation for those who don't fully understand the connection she's making. When you have anxiety, everything it touches gets difficult, and you get extremely scared of repeating an experience that went badly for you. At that point even the fear/negative anticipation can make you sick, and then your reaction to the food is reinforced. It takes a lot of work to get back from that place. Rachel's explanation for how to carefully expose yourself to new foods is actually great advice, particularly for anxious people. Trying new foods that have been prepared with care in a healthy manner (for example trying meat at a fancy restaurant instead of from Macdonalds) and with encouragement but not pressure from people who care about you is a great way to desensitize yourself and decrease the anxiety. As for autism, this can manifest in a number of ways. The anxiety is part of it. Some autistic people have difficulty with changes to their routine or what they are used to, and new foods can be a trigger in that case. Many autistic people also suffer from Sensory Processing Disorder, which can make the smells, textures, flavors, etc, of some foods unmanageably distressing. I am less familiar with the methods to help desensitize in this case. I just hope fucking Kenna doesn't get wind of it. And for those debating about whether this makes her anorexic, I would rather say that it's an issue of "disordered eating" instead of "an eating disorder". This pickiness/anxiety made eating incredibly difficult for her, and as a result disordered her eating. And honestly, as an adult woman it's pretty hard to go through life without some kind of impact on your body image. I dont know her and I wont speak for her but in my experience having food issues even by themselves can be a trigger for body image issues, even if the body image is not the trigger for the food issues, if that makes sense. I know that last bit was more speculation on my part though. Anyway sorry for the tl;dr but I have a lot of experience with this topic and I sympathize with Rachel. She and Jun may be pretty lazy vloggers but it's pretty cool that she was able to share that and be honest with all her viewers. ETA Oh Rachel says later in the video that she's struggled a lot with IBS, this all makes even morse sense to me now. And she's been struggling depression on and off, which also gives me a lot of context for the uh, lackluster and sparse content production.