Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a new eating disorder. A person with ARFID has some sort of issue with specific food or foods, which results in them not receiving adequate nutrition. ARFID was previously known as Selective Eating Disorder (SED). People with ARFID are sometimes called picky eaters.
Although many children go through phases of picky or selective eating, a person with ARFID does not consume enough calories to grow and develop properly and, in adults, to maintain primary body function. In children, this results in stalled weight gain and vertical growth; in adults, this results in weight loss. ARFID can also result in problems at school or work, due to difficulties eating with others and extended times needed to eat.
Getting Help for ARFID
Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to an Intake Coordinator.