Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder


This fact sheet offers an explanation of the common disorder known as Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and strategies for how to cope with it.

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Scenario: Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), also known as "extreme picky eating," is an eating disorder impacting thousands of individuals, particularly children. The meaning of "fear" food differs in clients with ARFID in relation to anorexia nervosa and bulimia. For individuals with ARFID the fear may stem from knowing they must eat, when they have no interest in eating, fearing the temperature might not be what they like, fear of choking or becoming sick, or fear of eating a new food. As opposed to having the fear that a food may cause weight gain or not be "healthy". It is very important for dietitians and clinicians to determine which type of fear is present.

Published 2018

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