Are you or somebody close to you experiencing extreme picky eating that does not seem to get better? Typically children grow out of picky eating around ages 5-6. People, children, teens, and adults with ARFID engage in restricted eating or extremely picky eating and do not grow out of it. This condition was previously called Selective Eating Disorder. Restricted eating is not due to concerns about weight gain. If you are experiencing the following, we can help:

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Sensory issues with different foods, being repulsed by the smell, appearance, texture, taste

Lack of interest in eating, not feeling hungry, forgetting to eat

Fear of aversive consequences, fear of choking, vomiting, pain, or other gastrointestinal (GI) issues

Significant weight loss

Significant nutritional deficiencies

Dependence of tube feeding or supplement drinks

Psychosocial impairment not finding foods to eat when outside, not being able to eat with friends or family

Symptoms of ARFID can range from mild to severe. We will assess which presentation(s) is/are present. For example, is ARFID maintained because of sensory issues, lack of interest in food, and/or fear that something bad will happen if you eat outside foods you are comfortable with. We will then tailor treatment for your specific needs.

 

We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat ARFID. The goal is to learn to increase the range and quantity of foods that you will eat so that you can meet your nutritional needs, maintain healthy weight, and decrease psychosocial impairment so that you can live a healthy and fulfilling life. Let’s work on getting you back on track.

How We Can Help:
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for ARFID

Cognitive Tools

Challenging your beliefs about eating a range of foods

Behavioral Tools

Increasing the range of foods a little at a time