ARFID – Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
What is ARFID?
ARFID stands for: Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
Individuals who meet the criteria for ARFID have developed a problem with eating (or, in the case of very young children, a problem with feeding). As a result of the eating issue, the individual is unable able to get adequate calories or nutrition through their diet.
Because the person with ARFID isn’t able to get enough nutrition through their diet, they may end up losing weight. Or, younger children with ARFID might not lose weight, but rather may not gain weight or grow as expected. Yet other people, might need to rely on supplements to get their ideal nutrition and caloric intake.
Most of all, individuals with ARFID will typically experience issues at school or work because of their eating problems.