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Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Please see our lending library for the

following books:

  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder - Rachel Bryant-Waugh

  • Food Chaining - Cheryl Fraker, CCC-SLP, CLC, Mark Fishbein, MD, Sibyl Cox, RD, LD, CLC, Laura Walbert, CCC-SLP, CLC

  • Food Refusal & Avoidant Eating in Children - Gillian Harris & Elizabeth Shea

  • The Picky Eater's Recovery Book - Jennifer J. Thomas, Kendra R. Becker, & Kamryn T. Eddy

ARFID:101 Subtypes, Symptoms & Effective Treatment - F.E.A.S.T. videos

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Important - Treatment of ARFID is very personal to each individual & much more research is needed to explore effective treatment options 

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a relatively new term, that was introduced in 2013 when it first appeared in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

ARFID is characterised by a pattern of eating that avoids certain foods or food groups entirely and/or is restricted in quantity (eating small amounts). Avoidant and restrictive eating cannot be due to lack of available food, or cultural norms (e.g. someone who is fasting or chooses not to eat certain foods for religious or cultural reasons alone).


ARFID is different to other restrictive eating disorders in that:

  • ARFID isn't affected by a person’s beliefs about the size and shape of their body.

  • Someone with ARFID doesn't restrict their food intake for the specific purpose of losing weight.


  • ARFID doesn’t feature some of the other behaviours that can be associated with anorexia, bulimia, or OSFED, such as over-exercising.

Written by ARFID Awareness UK - Click here


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