Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Katherine McEvoy, M.D., Peter Girolami, M.D.
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DEFINITION

  • A disorder that encompasses atypical patterns of food intake or avoidance, that are not motivated by weight change or body image, cannot be explained by a medical illness, and that result in weight/nutritional disturbances or functional impairment
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder is diagnosed when an individual fails to consistently consume an adequate number of calories and nutrients by mouth, potentially leading to significant weight loss or lack of appropriate weight gain, nutritional deficiencies, dependence on enteral feedings or oral nutritional supplements, and/or impairment in psychosocial functioning.

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Last updated: October 17, 2014