Help us understand more about how genes and environment influence ARFID and to help us find a cure. 

What is ARFID? 

Sometimes it is called extreme picky eating, sometimes selective eating, but officially, it is now referred to as avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder or ARFID. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are conducting a nationwide study to understand both the genetic and environmental causes of ARFID.

Here are some facts:

  • ARFID can affect people of all ages
  • ARFID affects people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds
  • You can't tell by looking at someone if they have ARFID


  • ARFID affects people of all body shapes and sizes
  • ARFID is not a phase that a child will grow out of

The ARFID-GEN study may be a good fit for you if:

• You are a parent of a child between the ages of 7 and 17 who has ARFID

• You are age 18 or older and have ARFID yourself

A diagnosis from a doctor/provider is NOT necessary to participate in this study

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