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Kyle overcomes unlikely disorder

Shelly had taken her son Kyle to several different eating disorder centers because she knew something was wrong. He would only eat three foods and was dangerously underweight. However, none of the centers they visited would give a formal diagnosis and instead said Kyle was a picky eater due to being on the autism spectrum. A pediatrician directed Shelly to Children’s Minnesota for help.

Kyle was diagnosed with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), an emerging eating disorder that impacts a child’s ability to thrive or gain weight. The disorder is unique in that it is not related to body image or fears of weight gain but is instead due to issues consuming particular foods.

Since coming to Children’s, Kyle has gained 20 pounds and has increased his food intake to 20 different food products. “I don’t think we would be here without Children’s,” said Shelly.

Watch the video below to learn more about Kyle’s progress.

Rachel Patterson