Health Risks of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Why ARFID is a serious eating disorder

There are a number of serious health risks associated with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), including:

  • Weight loss or being severely underweight

  • 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

  • Growth failure in adolescents or an increased risk to not thrive; stunted growth or falling off growth curves for weight and height

ARFID health risks are similar to anorexia risks

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

  • Cardiac complications

  • Heart problems

  • 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 and discuss your treatment options.

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