Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

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Learn about avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), including signs and symptoms, what to do if you think you have it and how it's treated.

Key points

  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder that occurs when a child or teen doesn’t eat enough to meet their energy or nutritional needs.
  • Children and adolescents with ARFID do not have concerns with their body weight, shape and size and want to gain weight.
  • Early detection and intervention are important. Full recovery is possible.
Last updated: March 13th 2023