Parents and families are calling into our office stating,
“I don’t think my teen can go to birthday parties because he won’t eat pizza!”
“How is my teen going to go on dates when she only eats chicken fingers and mac-n-cheese?!”
“Why is it we can’t go to a nice restaurant without worrying if my daughter will be able to eat anything?
You’re not alone because there is a lot of this going on.
Yet, something is dramatically off.
Question #1: Is It an Eating Disorder?
Question #2: Is this only for children?
Question #3 How do you approach the subject?
- Trauma – they had an bad experience like being sick, frightening their relationship with food
- Super Taster – We see this often. A person can be a “super taster” and only feel comfortable with specific textures, tastes and presentations.
- No Appetite – A child, adolescent or adult never had strong hunger cues to begin with.
- He or she just doesn’t know – the choice is there and feeling stuck is a daily occurrence.
Approach the situation understanding that anxiety is very difficult to escape. They may not know exactly what is going on.
Question #4: What if it just feels to much?
Question #5: So what do you do exactly?
We are seeing strong results with a mix of family based treatments including FBT & CBT-ARFID. Through direct education, informed approaches around fears and stress, compassionate and supportive challenge, people are making wonderful changes.
IT’S A REAL THING!
Imagine if in the near future your teen looks at you and says, “I would like to try that broccoli because I’ve never really had it. I’ve never really given it a chance!
CAN I TRY IT?