The Truth About ARFID w/ Lauren Sharifi @arfid.dietitian

Season #5

Today, I am joined by Lauren Sharifi, a registered dietitian-nutritionist based in Massachusetts. Lauren owns a virtual private practice where she specializes in ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and works one-on-one with parents, teens, and adults. She also runs a monthly support group for adults with ARFID. Lauren takes a neurodivergent-affirming, trauma-informed, and responsive-feeding approach to make eating and nourishment more accessible for individuals with ARFID and ARFID-like traits. In this episode, Lauren answers the following questions:

  • What is ARFID?
  • What’s the difference between ARFID and Anorexia? 
  • What are common causes/triggers for developing ARFID?
  • How do autism and ARFID overlap?
  • What are common misconceptions about ARFID?
  • How is ARFID being treated?
  • How can parents and caregivers support people with ARFID?

Learn more about Lauren on her website and follow her on Instagram @arfid.dietitian!

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