Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder marked by feeding and eating disturbance exhibited by persistent interference with adequate nutritional intake, significant failure to gain weight or significant loss of weight, and/or problems with psychosocial functioning. Symptoms of ARFID can include selective eating, low appetitive drive, early satiety, volume intolerance, aversions to sensory aspects of food/beverages, and fear of aversive consequences (e.g., significant fears around vomiting, choking, contamination, etc.,). ARFID is a highly heterogeneous and complex eating disorder that requires specialized and individualized treatment. 

The mission of the ARFID SIG is to provide support, education, consultation, and resources for professionals and trainees who treat (or are learning to treat) individuals with ARFID and their families. Additionally, the ARFID SIG also seeks to welcome and include individuals and their families with lived experience of ARFID. ARFID was only formally recognized as an eating disorder in 2013, thus, significant efforts are needed to promote awareness about this eating disorder, and how to identify and treat it, to the AED community and beyond. 


  • Eva-Molly Dunbar
  • Anna Karam Jones


  •  Foster a network of professionals and trainees with a special interest in ARFID in order to collaborate and consult with the hope that SIG members will be able to provide high-quality and evidence-based treatment to individuals with this disorder.
  • Share information and resources about ARFID and the unique considerations/issues that arise when working with patients with this diagnosis.
  • Bring awareness to the AED community and beyond about ARFID and existing evidence-based treatments for this disorder.
  • Engage in efforts that promote furthering ARFID research, treatment, and advocacy efforts within AED and beyond.

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