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Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Do you have a loss of interest in food?

Has it led to troublesome weight loss that's negatively affecting your life?

Are there unappealing aspects about food that make it difficult to eat?

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a relatively new diagnosable eating disorder. According to the DSM-5, it is categorized as...

An eating or feeding disturbance (e.g., apparent lack of interest in eating or food; avoidance based on the sensory characteristics of food; concern about aversive consequences of eating) as manifested by persistent failure to meet appropriate nutritional and/or energy needs associated with one (or more) of the following:

  • Significant weight loss (or failure to achieve expected weight gain or faltering growth in children).

  • Significant nutritional deficiency.

  • Dependence on enteral feeding or oral nutritional supplements.

  • Marked interference with psychosocial functioning.

  • The disturbance is not better explained by lack of available food or by an associated culturally sanctioned practice.

  • The eating disturbance does not occur exclusively during the course of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, and there is no evidence of a disturbance in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced.

  • The eating disturbance is not attributable to a concurrent medical condition or not better explained by another mental disorder. When the eating disturbance occurs in the context of another condition or disorder, the severity of the eating disturbance exceeds that routinely associated with the condition or disorder and warrants additional clinical attention.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. DSM-5 Changes: Implications for Child Serious Emotional Disturbance [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2016 Jun. Table 22, DSM-IV to DSM-5 Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Comparison. Available from:

Who Does it Affect?

As a reminder, eating disorders can affect anyone and loved ones. They are complex and can affect a person differently. There may be certain risk factors for EDs. In particular with ARFID, there may be a higher likelihood of developing it if...

  • A person exhibits conditions from the autism spectrum

  • A person (often children) has an extremely picky eating habit that he/she has difficulties evolving

Why is this Important and How Can I get Help?

ARFID, just like any other eating disorder, has the ability to take away from our lives, especially in terms of overall health. Our goal is to embrace numerous wonderful opportunities that can help keep our bodies strong and in good health by nurturing a healthier relationship with food.


Nutrition plays a crucial role in supporting our immune system, facilitating growth, and providing us with the energy we need to pursue activities that bring us happiness and satisfaction!

We offer convenient online booking!

Serving clients online, and locally in O’Fallon, IL

and Webster Groves, MO

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Eating Disorder Treatment is a multi-disciplinary approach.

We recommend all our clients have a team in place.

A dietitian, therapist, psychiatrist, primary care doctor, pediatrician, etc.

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