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The sibling factor

“Eating disorders don’t just affect those they inhabit; they can have knock-on effects too. I wish just once I had been asked how I was finding everything and how I felt – it doesn’t sound like a lot, but as the ‘other child’, I know it could mean the world. “ Anonymous (From: Sibling Solidarity article,…

Connection, and the power of empathy

This post has morphed into something unexpected. What started as a post about the difficulties in sourcing OJ’s safe foods has turned into one about the power of empathy and kindness! Amongst all the daily stresses and difficulties living with ARFID, it is good to take a moment to acknowledge some of the positives that…

A not so merry-go-round

From what I have seen and read in news articles and on social media forums, when it comes to getting help for eating issues like OJ’s, the endless round of referrals and then being declined is a big feature of everyone’s stories. It is no different for OJ. I have a thick folder of all…

Pick your strategy…

If your child won’t eat, where do you start and what do you do? What strategies do you use? I’d say most parents have probably faced fussy eating episodes with their children at some point along the parenting pathway. In the early days, when it came to OJ’s refusal of food, like many parents we…

Out and About, 1

I’ve been helping my eldest son (aged 11) pack for his Scout camp this weekend. We’ve been busy looking out his rucksack and camping equipment and packing everything he will need for the two days and nights away. This will be the third time he has been on an overnight Scouting event. The first was…

Welcome

This is a blog for anyone who is interested in learning about the impact of ARFID on daily life. Why blog about ARFID? Having a family member with this condition has impacted my family on many levels. Sharing my story with health professionals many times along the way, constantly explaining to family and friends about…


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