The role of parental behaviour in food intake disorder in children
Approximately 5 % of children suffer from the psychological condition avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). Children with ARFID eat a limited quantity or range of foods due to sensory sensitivity to the food (i.e. taste, smell, texture, temperature, appearance), low interest appetite, fear of adverse consequences of eating (e.g. choking, vomiting, pain), or a combination of these reasons. Although children with ARFID have significant nutritional deficiencies and growth impairment, little is known regarding what causes this disorder. Scientists of the EU funded PAREAT project will investigate how young children’s biological risks interact with their feeding environment to contribute to the development of ARFID symptoms in 4-7 year old children. This reserach will help to develop effective behavioural interventions for ARFID in early childhood.