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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2024 – ARFID

Posted on February 27th, 2024

Eating Disorders Awareness Week, 26 February – 3 March 2024

For this year’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we’re talking about Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

ARFID stands for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. It is a little known and misunderstood condition that can have serious consequences for health if left untreated. People with ARFID avoid certain foods or types of food, restrict the amount of food they eat, or both. It often presents in these ways:

  • Some children and adults find certain textures, smells or tastes overwhelming or uncomfortable.
  • Some people worry that eating certain foods might make them choke or feel sick, this might be based on a previous difficult experience.
  • Some individuals may not eat as much or be interested in a variety of foods.

ARFID is different from other feeding or eating disorders; in ARFID, beliefs about weight and shape do not contribute to the avoidance or restriction of food intake. Although people with ARFID may lose weight or have low weight, this is not a criteria for ARFID. It can occur at any weight and varies in different people. Anyone can have ARFID. It occurs in children, teenagers and adults.

Too often, misconceptions about picky or fussy eating trivialise this serious condition and the stigma and fear of judgement can mean that those with ARFID and their carers suffer in silence.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2024 is all about tackling these misconceptions and raising awareness of this serious condition that can have fatal consequences if left untreated.

For more information on ARFID, please visit: ARFID – Beat (beateatingdisorders.org.uk)Whatisarfid(twitter)edaw2024

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