What is ARFID?

June 23, 2022 | 
Eating Disorder Treatment

ARFID is avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder and is an eating disorder diagnosis. ARFID is similar to anorexia in that it involves restricting the amount and types of food a person eats. Unlike with anorexia, those dealing with ARFID are not concerned about body image, shape, or size.

While ARFID is a newer diagnosis than others you may know like anorexia or bulimia, it is no less serious. While many may have picky eating phases, ARFID is more than that. With ARFID, a person may be not interested in eating at all or they do not eat enough calories for their body to work properly. As with other eating disorders there is no specific body weight, shape, or size that someone must have to be dealing with ARFID.

ARFID can have serious medical complications if it is not addressed, but it IS treatable.

If you think you or a loved one may be struggling with an eating disorder, we are open to answering questions and helping in any way we can.

We welcome you to contact us directly or we have a brief evaluation tool that may help you connect with any behaviors that may be problematic.