ARFID

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), oftentimes characterized as “extreme picky eating,” is an eating disorder impacting thousands of individuals, particularly children. There are three main types of ARFID: Lack of interest: people with this type of ARFID have a genuine lack of interest in eating and food. They also get full quickly. Sensory Avoidance: people…

What it means to provide gender-affirming care – Part 2

What is the role of the dietitian in treating gender-diverse youth? The core role of the dietitian when treating gender-diverse youth is to provide nutrition interventions in conjunction with the management of gender-related needs.  The difference between treating gender-diverse adolescents versus cisgender adolescents is that among gender-diverse adolescents disordered eating may be rooted to prevent…

What it means to provide gender-affirming care – Part 1

Individuals with eating disorders are not all the same and each individual has a unique lived experience. Transgender and non-binary people are at increased risk of developing eating disorders. This is a two-part blog series that focuses on gender-affirming care. Part one will discuss why gender-diverse people are at increased risk for the development of…