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ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Intake Disorder)

ARFID, formerly known as Selective Eating, is a new diagnosis in the DSM-5. ARFID and Ano-rexia Nervosa share similarities in that there are limitations in the amount and/or types of food consumed. Unlike Anorexia, those suffering from ARFID do not have an intense drive for thin-ness and fear of gaining weight. ARFID is more than just "picky eating", something that many experience through childhood.

SYMPTOMS/WARNING SIGNS:

  • Lack of interest in variety of food
  • Avoidance of certain foods based on their sensory characteristics
  • Concern about consequences of eating
  • Willing to only eat certain textures/colors of food
  • Fear of choking or vomiting
  • Constant complaints of feeling full or not hungry around mealtime
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Menstrual irregularities, for females
  • Failure to achieve expected weight gain
  • Decreased growth in children