FASD Fact #25: Nutrition and eating differences are common symptoms of FASD.


Overeating, not feeling satiated, not feeling hunger signals, under-eating, the need to snack, and cravings for sugar and other simple carbohydrates are all common for people with FASDs.

Add to that any past experience with food insecurity and food/eating/nutrition can be a point of difficulty for people with FASDs and caregivers.

Strategies around issues with food include: accept that this is a REAL consequence of alcohol exposure in utero. Some people may benefit from schedules and structure around eating, others may benefit by having plentiful healthy snack food available all the time, and others may need to be taught what their body signals are telling them. Avoid making food/mealtime a battle.

Caregivers may have to let go of preconceived values  about mealtimes and communal eating.