Eating Disorder Week 2024

Northampton High join the #WeAreNotBeingFussy campaign to raise awareness of AFRID

When we hear about eating disorders we mostly think about Anorexia and Bulimia ,however this year’s focus is on ARFID– Avoidant/Restrictive, Food Intake Disorder.  ARFID is thought to be a little known and misunderstood condition but one that can have a significant impact on people’s lives. BEAT has acknowledged an increased number of calls about this disorder and that people are struggling to get the help they need.

Anyone can have ARFID – children, teenagers and adults.

ARFID is more common in autistic individuals and people with ADHD, than in neurotypical people. Signs include an avoidance of certain foods or types of food. Some individuals find certain textures, smells or tastes overwhelming or uncomfortable. Based on previous experiences individuals may avoid foods that may make them choke or feel sick. Restriction in variation of foods or restriction in amount of intake may be an issue. Unlike other feeding disorders or Eating Disorders ARFID beliefs about weight and shape do not contribute to the avoidance or restriction of food intake. Although people with ARFID may lose weight or have low weight, this is not a criteria for ARFID. It can occur at any weight and varies in different people. For more information visit the BEAT website.

BEAT offers free support online sessions raising awareness and providing information for carers and those struggling with ARFID. You are most welcome to contact the school’s Medical and Wellbeing team if you have any concerns about your child’s eating, for a non-judgemental ear and some support and guidance.


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