For some, eating can consist of harmful patterns and moderate levels of distress often resulting in restriction, binging, or purging. In these cases, they may be suffering from an eating disorder. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available to assist those who suffer from an unhealthy relationship with food and disordered eating. Below you’ll find articles and resources to help you both understand and deal with eating disorders.
There is not one isolated cause for the development of an eating disorder, but rather a broad range of contributing factors including genetics, family history, and combined social and cultural factors. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available to assist those who suffer from an unhealthy relationship with food and disordered eating
ARFID is a disturbance in eating often triggered by lack of interest in eating or food. One may avoid specific food items due to sensory characteristics of the food, such as temperature, color, smell, or texture. A persistent concern with potential negative consequences of eating of specific foods may also be present, such as fear of vomiting or choking.
These aversions to food contribute to inadequate nutrition and the body’s energy needs are not met, often manifesting as weight loss in adults and failure to meet growth expectations for children. Significant nutritional deficiencies or medical concerns may also be present and one may develop a dependency on supplements in an attempt to meet nutritional needs.
When someone struggles with ARFID they often have difficulty engaging in daily activities and relationships with others due to these eating behaviors.
AFRID is equally common in male and female infants and children, although when co-occurring with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is more prominent in males. Research has also suggested that those suffering from ARFID tend to be younger and male, compared to other eating disorders.