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Health Risks of Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Health risks associated with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) include:

  1. Weight loss or being severely underweight.
  1. Nutritional deficiencies (e.g., anemia or iron deficiency) and malnutrition that can be characterized by fatigue, weakness, brittle nails, dry hair/hair loss, difficulty concentrating, and reduction in bone density.
  1. Growth failure in adolescents or an increased risk to not thrive. Many sufferers have stunted growth or have fallen off their growth curves for weight and height).

ARFID health risks are similar to anorexia risks

Complications associated with ARFID may mirror health risks of anorexia nervosa for low-weight patients. These risks include

  • Cardiac complications
  • Heart
  • Kidney and liver failure
  • Bone density loss/osteoporosis
  • Anemia
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Low blood sugar
  • Constipation
  • Bloating and other gastrointestinal issues.

ARFID treatment can help minimize the health risks

Time is of the essence for children and adolescents struggling with ARFID. Please call us at 877-825-8584 so we can discuss the symptoms you are observing, help with a diagnosis and discuss your treatment options.

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