Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is not your typical eating disorder. Unlike people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, those with ARFID are not concerned about weight or appearance. They have issues consuming certain foods for reasons such as a phobia of choking or an unfounded fear of a food allergy, which can lead to significant nutritional problems.
Be aware of the signs of ARFID:
- 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 of ARFID 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
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