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Understanding ARFID

A voidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a relatively new diagnosis of disordered eating, says physician Amy Middleman, chief of adolescent medicine at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health in OKC.  “It was first included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013,” she says. “While commonly reported among children and adolescents, adults can present with...

Coping with ‘Stress Eating’

When emotionally taxing situations arise, many people may bury their strong feelings in pints of ice cream or mounds of mashed potatoes. This practice, while comforting in the moment, is often blamed for health and weight problems. However, the actual issues associated with “stress eating” are much more nuanced than labeling a habit as simply good or bad. Many a...