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What is avoidant food intake disorder

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What is avoidant food intake disorder
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 9 months ago.


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Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 9 months ago.

The DSM-5 (published by the American Psychiatris Association in 2013) classifies 8 eating and feeding disorders: 1) anorexia nervosa (AN), 2) bulimia nervosa (BN), 3) binge-eating disorder (BED), 4) avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), 5) pica, 6) rumination disorder, 7) other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), and 8) unspecified feeding or eating disorder (UFED).

ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder) is an eating disorder characterized by limiting certain foods or food groups based on the food's appearance, smell, texture, appearance, a past negative experience with the food, and sometimes for no discernible reason. ARFID sometimes occurs with anxiety disorders and in children with a diagnosis of autism. ARFID is treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy and occasionally with hypnosis.

Please let me know if you have additional questions about this.

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NP Schuyler


Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I would prefer to have someone else answer
Expert:  Dr Ted Manos replied 9 months ago.
Hello, I'm Dr Manos,M.D. I'd like to help you and my only question is why. Has someone suggested that you or a child displays this type of eating disorder? It isn't that serious an eating disorder and is uncommon. Children frequently grow out of it. Adults don't usually lose too much and it can fade. I have avoided tea most of my life and I know my mother used to give me tea when I felt sick. Since I can remember the smell of tea makes me ready to vomit. I can take a sip to take a pill, but just texting about it makes my throat curl. I wish there were more foods I didn't like. Asparagus was that way for me but better now in my sixties.