Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED) | Aster Springs

Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)

Not all dysfunctional eating habits fit into specific categories of eating disorders. Instead, experts created separate categories to encompass these issues. One category is unspecified feeding or eating disorder (UFED), which can have dangerous consequences. For this reason, it’s vital for people with UFED to seek help.

UFED is part of the other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) spectrum. OSFED encompasses eating behaviors that don’t fit into the general categories of eating disorders, however, UFED further covers eating habits that don’t fit into the OSFED category.

Signs and Symptoms of UFED

People who have UFED exhibit the symptoms of eating disorders, but don’t meet the full criteria for a diagnosis. For instance, a client’s disordered behaviors and thoughts aren’t enough to justify diagnosing a specific eating disorder, however, their eating habits cause significant distress and can impair how they function in social, work, and other situations.

Doctors typically use UFED when there’s insufficient evidence to justify a specific diagnosis. After they have more time to determine the cause of the symptoms, the UFED diagnosis could change. The diagnosis could also change if a client’s symptoms change.

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