What Are Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)?

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Eating disorder is not otherwise specified or EDNOS. Basically means, you have not met the diagnosed criteria for one of the three eating disorders which is are anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder. So you may have features of any one or a combination of these eating disorders, meaning you have periods of self starvation, you exercise, excessively, you purge, you binge eat, but the way you do it or the amount hasn't meant criteria meaning you don't do it enough times per week or it hasn't been long enough.

Eating disorder not otherwise specified is part of a larger umbrella of what I like to call, disordered eating. It's not an eating disorder, but actually many people have disordered eating, meaning there is something about the way that they eat that is unhealthy and causing consequences in their life.

This can be part of one of the variety of diagnosis, they can be part of depression, anxiety it can be part of unresolved trauma which sometimes result in post-traumatic stress disorder, it can be part of obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. It can also be part of a wide variety of just not feeling Okay, whatever that diagnosis is.

If you have some sort of disordered eating whether it's emotional eating, whether it's an inability to maintain control around your eating, the first step is to really tell somebody. Usually a health professional, so they can help you to see what you're dealing with, and what the cause of treatment may be for you.