Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) | Aster Springs

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)

Women with other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) don’t meet all the criteria for specific eating disorders. For example, they may not meet the guidelines to be diagnosed with bulimia or anorexia. However, they do have some of the symptoms, which interfere with their lives significantly. And they need the same treatment as those who have specific eating disorders. Fortunately, they can get this treatment at a center like Aster Springs.

Previously, experts referred to OSFED as an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). They developed the category to encompass people with significant eating problems that are inconsistent with existing disorders.

Signs and Symptoms of OSFED

As an example, experts can’t diagnose anorexia in those with restricted eating habits but normal body weight, so there are five subcategories of OSFED, including:

Purging disorder differs from bulimia because people don’t binge before they purge. With night eating syndrome, they eat most of their food during the night. Sometimes, urges to eat interrupt their sleep cycle.

Although some experts consider OSFED to be a less severe condition, it has serious, life-threatening effects. However, the disorder is treatable.

If you’d like to learn more about our OSFED treatment program, the compassionate team at Aster Springs is here to help. Call us at (804) 415-7603 or complete our contact form.