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Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder is an eating disorder associated with restricting food intake based on texture, smell, brand, and past negative experiences causing the elimination of many foods and/or food groups resulting in malnutrition and other health concerns. Unlike other eating disorders, ARFID is not associated with body image and/or fear of gaining weight but does cause disruption in “normal” day to day activities. This may lead to the following health and mental concerns:


  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Weight Loss
  • Interference with normal day to day activities resulting in limited ability to build social relationships

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ARFID is a newly recognized eating disorder diagnosis. ARFID is most prevalent in young children and adolescents but is still seen in the adult population as more individuals are becoming aware of this condition.


Risk Factors for ARFID

  • People with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities
  • Individuals with co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other psychiatric disorders
  • Picky eaters who seem to not outgrow picky eating habits from childhood are also at greater risk for developing ARFID

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