Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder
Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) is the DSM-V term that takes the place of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), used to describe eating disorders that do not meet the full criteria for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Binge Eating Disorder. However, this does not mean that the person has a less serious disorder or does not deserve help. OSFED is a serious mental illness that occurs in adults, adolescents, and children. Approximately 30% of those who seek treatment for an eating disorder fall into the OSFED category. If you are concerned about your eating and exercise habits and your thoughts and emotions concerning food, activity, and body image, we urge you to seek help by contacting an eating disorder expert.
- Dieting behavior
- Evidence of binge eating
- Frequent trips to the bathroom during or shortly after meals
- Compulsive or excessive exercising
- Food rituals, calorie counting, rigid rules and schedules
- Social withdrawal
Emotional & Cognitive Characteristics (common patterns)*
- Preoccupation with food and eating
- Preoccupation with appearance, overly concerned about body weight, shape, and size
- Distorted body image, extreme body hatred
- Depression, anxiety, irritability
- Low self-esteem, self-loathing, self-disgust
*Patterns, systems and traits may vary from one person to another
Physiological Characteristics & Medical Complications of OSFED
- Weight loss, weight gain, or weight fluctuations
- Signs of damage due to vomiting (swollen glands, puffiness around the face, burst blood vessels in eyes)
- Menstrual period disturbance or loss
- Fainting and/or dizziness
- Heart arrhythmia and irregularities
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Treatment options for eating disorders range from outpatient services (therapy and dietary), day (PHP) and evening (IOP) programs, residential treatment (RTC) and inpatient hospitalization — depending on the needs of the patient and the severity of the illness. At Center for Change, an OSFED treatment center, we offer all of these levels of care in order to provide the most appropriate options and meet the needs of our patients. To learn more about our eating disorder treatment centers or to schedule a free assessment, call 888-224-8250.