Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, more commonly known as ARFID, is a condition characterised by a person who avoids certain foods or types of food entirely and/or restricted in quantity. It is different to other restrictive eating disorders in that it is not affected by body image issues or for the purpose of losing weight and it doesn’t always feature other behaviours usually associated with anorexia, bulimia, or OSFED (such as over-exercising). You can learn more on the ARFID Awareness UK website.

Whilst First Steps ED might not be the appropriate service for food sensory issues, support is available. For children and young people in Derby and Derbyshire, visit the UME Wellbeing website. ARFID Awareness UK are a charity dedicated to raising awareness about Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. They are a not-for-profit, we work to provide individuals, parents, carers and medical professionals with up-to-date relevant information, research and support.