The Nine Item Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder Screen (NIAS) is now available in French (NIAS-FR)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder which is not characterized by disturbances related to body shape but has for consequences a significant nutritional deficiency or a marked interference with psychosocial functioning. Due to the convergence of symptoms ARFID and gastrointestinal disorders, it becomes imperative to conduct screenings for ARFID, particularly in patients grappling with gastrointestinal disorders, specifically Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI) like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The management of DGBI often includes restrictive diets that may prove counterproductive for individuals susceptible to nutritional deficiencies and disordered eating. Consequently, to facilitate the process of ARFID screening in these patients within French-speaking regions for research and clinical purposes, a collaborative work took place.

Clinical experts in neurogastroenterology from four medical centres in France and Belgium collaborated to translate the Nine Item Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Screen (NIAS), originally available in English, into French (NIAS-FR). This translation process was thoughtfully executed, considering cultural nuances and preserving the original meanings of the English version. As a result, NIAS-FR is now accessible in 54 French-speaking countries, catering to approximately 321 million French speakers across five continents, serving both clinical and research purposes.

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