Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder in which a person restricts or avoids eating food, usually for one or more of the following reasons:
ARFID can lead to malnutrition (poor health because of a lack of nutrients or calories).
A person with ARFID does not restrict or avoid food because of:
Children who are male, younger or diagnosed with another medical condition are more likely to develop ARFID, compared to children who are female, older or have no other medical conditions. ARFID is also more common in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or similar conditions.