Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

Unlike people with disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, those with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) are not concerned about weight or appearance. They have issues consuming certain foods, which can lead to nutritional problems. ARFID symptoms typically show up in infancy or childhood

Signs include:

  • Restricted eating or feeding; no appetite
  • Inability to eat certain foods based on texture or smell
  • Excluding entire food groups
  • Avoiding situations with food
  • Difficulty digesting certain foods

Symptoms include:

  • Significant weight loss or failure to achieve expected weight gain
  • Significant nutritional deficiency
  • Dependence on oral nutritional supplements
  • Being afraid to eat after a choking or vomiting episode

Learn more about ARFID and see the progress one patient has made at the Center for the Treatment for Eating Disorders at Children’s Minnesota.