ARFID: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

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It is not uncommon for children to be picky eaters, and many develop from this behavior. However, some children exhibit more severe fussy eating habits, such as restricting their diet to certain structures or expressing deep concern about the possible harms of eating.

When these individuals stop growing, they need medical attention.

Doctors currently classify a serious form of fussy eating in children as restricted / restricted eating disorder (ARFID). Although this disorder has some similarities with anorexia and anorexia, children living with ARFID do not have poor body image or desire to lose weight.

In this article, we describe ARFID and explain the treatment options. We also include what parents and carers can do to help.

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A person with ARFID may lack interest in eating or food.

ARFID is a newly recognized eating disorder that features in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). The DSM-5 Identify mental disorders to help doctors and psychiatrists improve diagnosis and treatment.

Many parents and caregivers consider their child to be a picky eater, but sometimes, eating behavior can become abnormal.

When a child's eating behavior develops into a general lack of interest in eating and begins to affect their growth and development, doctors diagnose eating disorders, possibly ARFID.

The difference between being a picky eater and having ARFID is that children have ARFID:

  • Not eating enough calories
  • stop gaining …


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