The Feeding Disorders Team (FDT) specialises in Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and related presentations. The Team is led by Dr Elaine Chung, Consultant Psychiatrist and Joint Head of the Trust’s Feeding and Eating Disorders Service (FEDS).
Within the Team, the following disciplines are represented: psychology, nursing, dietetics, family therapy, play specialism, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and psychiatry (see Meet the Team). We also have access to one of the Trust’s consultant General Paediatricians and a Gastroenterology Fellow, who provide advice and might see individual patients for assessment and an opinion as needed.
- feeding/eating aversions or phobias
- extreme selectivity
- tube feed or nutritional supplement dependency
- lack of interest in food and/or eating
- halted feeding development (e.g. remaining on foods/textures no longer developmentally appropriate)
- Regularly or habitually bring food back up into their mouth in the absence of any current gastrointestinal disorder other medical condition to account for this
- Regularly or habitually ingest non-food substances
- Weight and/or physical growth and development
- The age appropriateness and/or nutritional adequacy of the individual’s intake
- Health implications related to poor intake
- Impact on social and emotional development
- Impact on family functioning