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dc.contributor.authorWatts, Mala
dc.identifier.citationAngharad Banner,Paola Falcoski.Claire Knight, Dr Elizabeth Roberts, Michelle Simpson, Sian Taylor, Clare Thornton-Wood, Mala Watts:.en
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dc.description.abstractAvoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) was introduced as a new mental health and behaviour disorder diagnosis in 2013. ARFID is characterised by a pattern of eating that avoids certain foods or food groups entirely and/or eating small amounts due to lack of interest in food, high sensitivity to sensory aspects of food (such as texture, colour, or taste), and/or fear of aversive consequences such as being sick or choking. These restrictive eating patterns can result in significant health problems. It differs from other eating disorders in that people with ARFID do not restrict their food intake for the specific purpose of losing weight or managing feelings of fear and anxiety around their shape and size. Dietitians with specialist training are essential for the management of ARFID from the point of assessment and diagnosis and throughout treatment. When dietitians are not embedded within a team and dietetic time is not adequately resourced, there is likely to be nutritional and dietary compromise of patients1,2. This will impact on their physical health and wellbeing, psychosocial functioning, quality of life, growth and may lengthen treatment of the patient with ARFID3. In turn this is likely to have cost implications, impact the rest of the team and affect patient care if the patient deteriorates further in health. Services are currently being developed for CYP with ARFID throughout the UK. Funding to support adequate dietetic time in ARFID services is essential and this paper aims to identify what the BDA considers is adequate and why. Misdiagnosing and underdiagnosing ARFID has serious implications for patient care, and it requires specialist and multidisciplinary assessment and care pathways4. This position paper highlights the importance of early identification of nutritional deficit and management and the important role of dietitians.en
dc.subjectEating Disordersen
dc.titleChildren and Young people with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)en

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