Other Feeding or Eating Disorders

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Individuals with struggling with this disorder may avoid foods based on certain sensory qualities- such as texture, color, taste, or temperature.

An example could be a child who likes only foods that he/she does not have to chew, and who therefore has great difficulty consuming a range of foods adequate to sustain normal growth and development.

Pica and Rumination Disorder

Pica refers to the recurring ingestion of non-nutritive substances, for example hair, soap, paper, etc. Many people with pica show a compulsion to eat particular substances and may state they have a craving or strong urge to consume the substance due to its taste or consistency. In some cases, it may be a form of self-soothing.

Rumination refers to repeated regurgitation of food. Regurgitated food may be re-chewed, re-swallowed, or spit out. Rumination Disorder is often associated with infants, and was only recently included in the DSM 5 with Feeding and Eating Disorders.  It is now recognized that this disorder affects individuals of all ages.

 All eating disorders require professional help. Please see our list of Treatment Resources.


Information from various sources including:
Michelle Neville, RN, BScM, BEd. Mental Health and Addictions Specialist, Champlain CCAC.

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