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Arfid (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder)

ARFID, short for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, is a type of eating disorder, which doctors used to call it ‘selective eating disorder’.  It is oftentimes characterized as “extreme picky eating,” and is particularly common among children. For people with ARFID, eating seems like a task and not something to be enjoyed or to satisfy hunger. Sometimes they struggle with eating specific food due to smell, texture or consistency. And some don't want to eat anything due to their feelings about all food, in general. Because of this, they don’t get or eat enough calories for their bodies to work properly. This can lead to delayed weight gain and growth in kids. And in adults, it can not only cause dangerous weight loss, but it could also keep them from being able to maintain basic body functions.

Do’s

  • Seek professional help
  • Take nutritional supplement
  • Schedule regular meals and snacks
  • Find ways to manage anxiety and stress around food

Don’ts

  • For parents, avoid forcing your kids to eat
  • Avoid frustration. Patience is key
  • Avoid eating alone
  • Don’t be scared to talk about your problem

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