Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

What is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (also referred to as “extreme picky eating”)?

ARFID is an eating disorder characterized by highly selective eating habits, disturbed feeding patterns or both. It often results in significant nutrition and energy deficiencies, and for children, failure to gain weight.

*Note: A speech-language pathologist cannot diagnose ARFID. This must be done by a psychologist.

Does my child have Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder?

Does your child look scared or cry while eating?

Does your child refuse to eat certain textures/types of foods?

Does your child only eat specific brands of food and refuses to eat anything else?

Do you feel like you have to create a special meal for your child whenever your family eats?

Does mealtime feel like a battle you do not want to start?

Does your child have history of trauma or a diagnosis of Anxiety/OCD/ADHD?