This article provides some helpful tips for parents about navigating the holiday season, including setting boundaries, offering support, setting a positive example and planning. More than anything, remember that you are not alone.
“It’s important to tell anyone who will be sitting at your dinner table that those well-meant comments, such as “what a big plate,” or, “you’ve lost so much weight” could actually backfire in your child’s recovery. “Remember that setting boundaries is a continuous process, and it's okay to revisit the conversation if needed,” Dr. Barr says.”
brand-new scoping review looks at research into ARFID in New Zealand and
Australia – this is a valuable resource moving forward, as it outlines what we
know and what we need to know to better support those living with ARFID.
“The review identifies the methods, participants, and key findings of the studies on ARFID and suggests targeted and actionable research goals for researchers and funders. It calls for more-accurate information on how common ARFID is in children, for larger-scale studies using validated measures, and emphasizes the need for education and training of healthcare professionals, and a collaborative approach to treatment.”
From BuzzFeed News
If you haven’t heard of ARFID, or are unsure what the diagnosis means, you are not alone. It is one of the lesser-known eating disorders and is often misunderstood. If you want to know more, this article provides a deep dive into ARFID symptoms and treatment.
"As more people talk about the condition and raise awareness, it can help reduce the shame that many people feel about having the disorder."
you want to know more about what ARFID is and how you can support a child or
loved one with ARFID, this article contains some great tips. Particularly, it
highlights the importance of caring for yourself – something parents often
neglect. It is a good reminder that:
“Taking care of yourself is an essential part of
caring for someone with an eating disorder. You can best help those around you
if you help yourself first."
"The ongoing support our family has received from EDANZ has been a vital in the recovery process of our daughter's anorexia. Having a parent who has experienced this journey and has offered stories of recovery has been invaluable to us during difficult times. Resourcing given along with facts and information about the disease has also helped us enormously." – Kate