Most “picky eating” in kids and adults is just that — pickiness. But others can deal with social emotional issues and malnourishment (at any size). Joining me to discuss “supertasters” and challenges with picky eating, Rebecca Thomas, RDN. She is a dietitian and Body Kindness helping pro mentee of mine. She’s a pro at ARFID, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Tune in to get a HAES-informed perspective on support for food-related sensory issues.
Here’s a few items we cover:
- The spectrum of picky eating, extreme picky eating and the eating disorder ARFID.
- The real fear parents feel when their child is facing malnourishment.
- The medical weight stigma surrounding picky eating and lack of concern when kids and adults are higher weight. People of all sizes have a risk of malnourishment when they struggle with eating patterns.
- How helping professionals can screen for ARFID and refer to specialists.
- What you can expect in seeking support, including food exposures, meditations, and help with anxiety, depression, and more.
Listen to Episode 153 here
Rebecca Thomas, RD, LDN is a Maryland based registered dietitian, nutritionist specializing in pediatric eating disorder recovery. She is the founder of the B.R.A.V.E program (Better Recovery for ARFID and Very picky Eating) , a 6 week virtual program providing coaching and education to parents of children with ARFID, as well as global educator to physicians, dietitians and therapist on better practices and treatment for eating disorders and ARFID. Rebecca’s nutrition philosophy is anchored in building up confident eaters through body kindess, mindful eating and non-diet approach.
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