What is Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)?

Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) previously referred to as “Selective Eating Disorder” is similar to anorexia in that both disorders involve limitations in the amount and/or types of food consumed, but unlike anorexia, ARFID does not involve any distress about body shape or size or fears of fatness.

This condition affects both genders and is more common in children and young adolescents; however, it can occur in late adolescence and adulthood as well. Although many children go through phases of picky or selective eating, a person with ARFID does not consume enough calories to grow and develop properly and, in adults, to maintain basic body function.

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Signs and Symptoms

ARFID may simply begin as picky eating but may evolve into something more serious over time. The following are more commons signs and symptoms of ARFID:

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Dramatic restriction on types or amount of food eating
  • Fear of choking or vomiting
  • Lack of appetite or interest in food
  • Picky eating worsens over time
  • No body image disturbance or fear of weight gain
  • Constipation, stomach pains, lethargy

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