The Picky Eater's Recovery Book

Overcoming Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

The Picky Eater's Recovery Book
Jennifer J Thomas, Kendra R Becker, Kamryn T Eddy
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Are you a picky eater? Do you worry that food will make you vomit or choke? Do you find eating to be a chore? If yes, this book is for you! Your struggles could be caused by Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID); a disorder characterized by eating a limited variety or volume of food. You may have been told that you eat like a child, but ARFID affects people right across the lifespan, and this book is the first specifically written to support adults. Join Drs. Jennifer Thomas, Kendra Becker, and Kamryn Eddy - three ARFID experts at Harvard Medical School - to learn how to beat your ARFID at home and unlock a healthier relationship with food. Real-life examples show that you are not alone, while practical tips, quizzes, worksheets, and structured activities, take you step-by-step through the latest evidence-based treatment techniques to support your recovery.
' The authors have crafted a self-help book that empowers individuals with ARFID to coordinate their own treatment pathway. This is critical given limited access to expertise in the assessment and treatment of ARFID. The book provides guidance on engaging with medical providers regarding signs and symptoms of ARFID and potential evaluations that may uncover underlying nutritional deficiency. It also offers a framework for understanding ARFID alongside valuable tools to build and support a healthy diet. The authors recognize the variable presentations of ARFID in terms of restricted volume and/or variety, provide real world examples of treatment planning and implementation, and outline a roadmap for expanding dietary intake across food groups. ' William Sharp, Ph. D. , Director of the Children' s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program, Children' s Healthcare of Atlanta; Associate Professor, Division of Autism and Related Disorders and Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine ' In this book, three of the most skilled and approachable ARFID clinicians on the planet usher you through a step-by-step proven approach to broaden your food horizons and conquer your food fears. They demystify exposure treatment and approach severe picky eating in a completely nonjudgmental fashion. Case histories are woven throughout the book like avatars so that you can see how real people with severe ARFID are able to be liberated from often life-long restrictions. The book' s visuals enrich the text providing a second layer of explanation and alternative ways to learn. This self-help psychology gem guides you in becoming your own therapist and illustrates how to recover at your own pace. ' Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Founding Director, UNC Centre of Excellence for Eating Disorders; Professor, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden ' Jennifer, Kendra and Kamryn give us an essential reading, both for people affected by this ' new' eating disorder and for professionals who wish to expand their knowledge. The accessible way in which the concepts are handled allows the individual to begin their journey towards recovery through an evidence-based method, especially important for populations with limited access to specialized treatment. The book raises awareness of the prevalence of eating disorders as well as the suffering and the limitations that living with ED symptoms entails, ultimately contributing towards breaking the stigma around these diseases. I am very honored to be one of the first to read this book and I congratulate the authors for this great contribution to our field. ' Eva Maria Trujillo Chi Vacuan, MD, FAED, CEDS, Fiaedp, FAAP; CEO and co-founder of Comenzar de Nuevo, A. C. ; Clinical Professor at Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud. Tecnologico de Monterrey.
Jennifer J. Thomas is Co-Director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Kendra R. Becker is a psychologist at the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Kamryn T. Eddy is Co-Director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.