Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
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can be very debilitating with some people. An individual struggling with this disorder would experience eating disturbances that would inhibit the individual from meeting their nutritional and/or energy needs. This disorder can apply to both men and women the same. For immediate help for this disorder call the professionals who specialize in avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder at The Diversified Intervention Group toll free: 855-222-1101 today. We can help you sort through the emotions and get back on track.
Men and women are both encouraged to call and speak with our Therapist now.
Some of the disturbances once might face are:
- Avodiance due to smell, the texture of the food, or other sensory characteristics. Restricted range of foods such as only eating cold, wet foods or hot dry foods etc.
- A distorted view of the health consequences of food in general. For example, fear of contracting a disease if certain foods have been eaten.
- Reduced intake due to emotional disturbance, but not really concerned with body weight or shape.
- An adverse/traumatic event surrounding food may cause avoidance of food. For example: choking or being abused with food.
The possible Effects of Avoidant Food Intake Disorder
- May experience significant weight loss
- Inability to maintain a person’s weight
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Dependence of supplements
- Issues with daily fucntioning
- Experience similar health complications as anorexia nervosa
For immediate help for this disorder call the professionals who specialize in avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder at The Diversified Intervention Group toll free: 855-222-1101 today. We can help you sort through the emotions and get back on track.
A major distinction between this disorder and other eating disorders is that individuals experiencing these disturbances do not experience a distorted body image, and are often not concerned with weight or body shape.
Here are the demographics of Avoidant Food Intake Disorder
- Most commonly found in Children, but does present in adults as well
- Equally common among men and women
- Little research has been done as of 2014 – this is a new diagnosis so exact prevalence in your community is completely understood
Signs of possible Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
- Viewing food as good or bad, healthy or unhealthy
- Thoughts about food other than around meal time
- Skipping meals
- Restricting whole food groups or certain foods
- People who reward themselves with food
- Feeling guilty after consumption of certain foods
- Abiding by food rules
- Making food choices based on “health” not preference
- Using food for comfort
- Conversations based on food, weight and/or body
- Frequent worry or fear of health consequence
- Food research/reading diet books
- Cooking for others frequently (often not eating for themselves)
- Self-deprecating statements about self and body
- Isolation from other people and events
- Loss of interest in activities that a person use to enjoy
- Loss of interest in dating/intimate relationships
If you feel that your situation or a close friend’s situation matches any or all of the above symptoms written above, it may be time to contact The Diversified Intervention Group now to speak with one of our professionally trained Therapists at 855-222-1101 We can surely help your friend or loved one get onto the road to recovery. WE have helped hundreds of families like yours.
Treatment Options – Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
- Treatment approaches will vary depending on the source of avoidance
- CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and other approaches are indicated and found to be effective in eating disorder as well as and depression.Anxiety treatment would also be of benefit to a person with this disorder
- A pure form of nutritional counseling by a Registered Dietician
- Generalized trauma work would also be indicated
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