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GROUP breaks down an eating disorder that, unlike anorexia or bulimia, has nothing to do with body image. ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) can look a lot like picky eating, but it’s physically and psychologically very different. We hear stories from three different individuals whose lives have been affected by ARFID: vlogger Morgan Ashley Gale who eats mainly bread and cheese, Robert Rund who spent years living on only hamburgers and french fries, and Erin Kerch whose ten-year-old son eats mainly chips, crackers, and dry cereal. We also speak with Dr. Evelyn Attia, Director of Eating Disorder Research at the Columbia University Medical Center, and we hear from Dr. Kim DiRé who has treated an impressive amount of ARFID patients and has a unique theory about what causes the disorder. 


Dr. Evelyn Attia

Dr. Attia is the Director of Eating Disorders Research Program at New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Director of Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at the Columbia University Medical Center. She is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and a Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Learn more about Dr. Attia's work here

Dr. Kim uses an integrated training approach to trauma, eating issues, eating disorders, relationships, and effective communication. Her work involves elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Hypnotherapy and Somatic®Experiencing for trauma healing.  Learn more about Dr. Kim's work here.

Morgan Ashley Gale on ARFID

Folks with ARFID looking for support and community can join Robert Rund's Facebook group here