What are Common Symptoms of ARFID?

The symptoms of ARFID can be like those of other eating disorders. But unlike other eating disorders, children with ARFID are not concerned with losing weight or changing their appearance.

Symptoms of ARFID can include:

  • Extreme picky eating
  • Extreme fear or anxiety when presented with food outside of their usual diet
  • Strong dislike of or aversion to certain food smells, tastes, appearances and textures
  • Fear that certain foods will cause choking, vomiting or other physical symptoms
  • Lack of interest in eating

If your child has ARFID, they have a higher risk of developing malnutrition. Symptoms of malnutrition can include:

  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and/or dizziness
  • Abdominal (belly area) pain
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Loss of bone density (when bones become less dense and more likely to break)
  • Delayed growth
  • Levels of vitamins that are too low (including vitamin C, vitamin D, iron and others)
  • Dependence on vitamins or supplements to meet nutritional needs
  • In females, amenorrhea (a delay or loss of a menstrual period)

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