Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

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

ARFID is a type of eating disorder that is characterized by limited or selective eating that results in significant weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, and/or impaired psychosocial functioning. Individuals with ARFID may avoid certain foods or food groups based on sensory characteristics such as taste, texture, or smell, or they may have a fear of choking or vomiting.

For example, a person with ARFID may only eat foods that are white or beige or only eat foods that are puréed.

Treatment for ARFID typically involves a multidisciplinary approach that includes working with a therapist, a registered dietitian, and a medical provider.

When is it necessary to see a doctor?

ARFID is an eating disorder characterized by avoiding or restricting certain foods or food groups. If you are experiencing symptoms of ARFID, such as significant weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, or avoidance of social situations that involve food, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional or eating disorder specialist. They can help you identify the underlying causes of your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that may include therapy, medication, and nutritional counseling.

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