Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder is a relatively new type of eating disorder in which people eat only within a narrow repertoire of foods. This causes an individual to eat by quantity and or variety. The avoidance may be based on a sensitivity to taste, texture, smell, appearance or temperature. Unlike other eating disorders, it does not typically involve distress around body image or a pursuit of thinness.
ABBI Clinic specialises in providing expert day care for adults with ARFID.
Our comprehensive treatment process for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) begins with a thorough assessment and diagnosis. We then create individualised treatment plans tailored to each client’s unique needs.
“In my 14 years of living with an eating disorder, this is the highest level of care I have received. I have been blown away by the kindness and compassion of every member of the team. I have finally received the help I so desperately needed.’’
Miss S, Client
If you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder or you’re worried that you might be, please get in touch with us today.
Are eating disorders common?
Yes, eating disorders are relatively common, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of eating disorders has increased and it is estimated that there are approximately 1.25 million people living with an eating disorder in the UK. Around 25% of those are male.
Do you cater for any special diets or intolerances?
Treatment programmes often accommodate special diets or intolerances, and nutritional counselling can address individual dietary needs.
What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders are mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating patterns, thoughts, and behaviours that often have serious physical and emotional consequences. This can include eating excessively or not eating enough. It can lead to preoccupation with food and dietary patterns. They can also include other compensatory behaviours such as self-induced vomiting or misuse/overuse of medication. They can have a serious impact on all aspects of an individual’s life.
What are the different eating disorder types?
Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).
There are many different types of eating disorders. The commonest are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Other less common eating disorders include Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), Orthorexia, PICA, Rumination Disorder.
What causes eating disorders?
Causes of eating disorders are multifactorial, including genetic predisposition (family history of eating disorder or other mental health condition), psychological factors (depression, anxiety, fear of being overweight, being a perfectionist), societal pressures (social media, having a job or hobby where size matters), and individual experiences (abuse, bullying, personal criticism about diet/eating, family tension).
Why do people get eating disorders?
People may develop eating disorders due to a combination of genetic, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental factors.
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