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deenl
It makes me so sad to see that other eating disorders are not given the attention they deserve. ALL eating disorders cause malnutrition, enormous distress, physical illness and an increased risk of premature death (roughly the same for all EDs).  There are treatments available for all forms, especially if caught early. 

https://uncexchanges.org/2019/03/28/awareness-of-untreated-binge-eating-disorder/
2015 12yo son restricting but no body image issues, no fat phobia; lost weight IP! Oct 2015 home, no progress. Medical hosp to kick start recovery Feb 2016. Slowly gaining at home, seeing signs of our real kid.

May 2017 Hovering around WR. Mood great, mostly. Summer 2017 Happy, first trip away in years, food variety, begin socialising. Sept 2017, back to school FT first time in 2 years. 2018 growing so fast hard to keep pace with weight. 2020 Off to university, healthy and happy.
  • Swedish proverb: Love me when I least deserve it because that's when I need it most.
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence Recovery, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle.
  • If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal.
  • We cannot control the wind but we can direct the sail.
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Elibean1
I hear you Deenl, and it’s shocking how lots of ED services in the UK only really know about bulimia and anorexia. 

I hear about psychiatrists, nutritionists and CAHMS in various parts of the UK who know nothing about ARFID. We’re very lucky to have landed in one that does.

On a positive note, some awesome parents have recently got together to form a charity specifically to raise awareness: it’s a start. 
Elibean
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ValentinaGermania
Here they also know nothing about ARFID (not even the name). They have another category here that is called orthorexia but they mostly think this is a life style and no healthy problem...
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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deenl
Absolutely!

We could also talk about ED in later life, in males, in pregnancy or menopause, in bigger bodies, in combination with diabetes, coliac disease and other medical illnesses, the list goes on. BED and Bulimia are very common and yet under represented in media, research (on here too I think - folks dealing with these please feel free to post, it will help everyone) and treatment options. As for ARFID and OSFED, well good luck!

There is still so much educating and work to be done.
2015 12yo son restricting but no body image issues, no fat phobia; lost weight IP! Oct 2015 home, no progress. Medical hosp to kick start recovery Feb 2016. Slowly gaining at home, seeing signs of our real kid.

May 2017 Hovering around WR. Mood great, mostly. Summer 2017 Happy, first trip away in years, food variety, begin socialising. Sept 2017, back to school FT first time in 2 years. 2018 growing so fast hard to keep pace with weight. 2020 Off to university, healthy and happy.
  • Swedish proverb: Love me when I least deserve it because that's when I need it most.
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence Recovery, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle.
  • If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal.
  • We cannot control the wind but we can direct the sail.
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