cc-ednos-line-drawing-150x150Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified also called EDNOS is a term used when an individual’s symptoms are problematic and represent disordered eating but do not fit neatly within the strict criteria for anorexia or bulimia.

EDNOS is a deadly condition, with a mortality rate of 5.2 percent — higher than both anorexia and bulimia — despite the fact its sufferers often look healthy.

Though many people have never heard of it, EDNOS is by far the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder.

Approximately 40-60% of cases in eating disorder treatment centers fall into the EDNOS category.  The EDNOS diagnosis usually captures the following three general categories of symptoms:

  • Sub-threshold symptoms of anorexia or bulimia
  • Mixed features of both anorexia and bulimia
  • Atypical eating behaviors that are not characterized by either anorexia or bulimia

Diagnostic examples of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual currently lists six clinical examples of EDNOS.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive; there are other situations and variations of symptoms that would also qualify as an EDNOS diagnosis:

  1. All criteria for anorexia  are met except females still have regular menstrual cycles
  2. All criteria for anorexia nervosa are met except that, despite significant weight loss, the individual’s current weight falls within the normal range
  3. All criteria for bulimia are met except that binge eating or purging behaviors occur less than twice per week or for fewer than three months
  4. An individual purges after eating small amounts of food while retaining a normal body weight
  5. Repeatedly chewing and spitting out large amounts of food without swallowing

Watch one personal story of dealing with EDNOS at this link:

If you feel that you may be experiencing symptoms of EDNOS, seek treatment.

For over 20 years Canopy Cove has provided compassionate care to individuals of all age groups who are dealing with Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive Eating Disorder, and EDNOS.

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