OSFED (also known as EDNOS) Treatment

Some eating disorders do not fit neatly into the common diagnostic categories of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Overeating. When someone has disturbingly irregular eating habits that do not fall into the standard categories, it is referred to as other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), which may also be known as ‘eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)’. This type of eating disorder used to be referred to as an 'atypical' eating disorder.

In these situations the sufferer can have some, but not all symptoms of the major diagnostic categories, or may exhibit other symptoms that constitute abnormal eating behaviour and may cause disruption in the patient’s life or health.

How can I start OSFED treatment at Life Works?

At Life Works we feel that the only way to truly overcome an eating disorder is by addressing the mechanisms that are fuelling the behaviour. This holistic treatment will help you to determine what behaviour is triggering your negative relationship with food, whilst building the tools and skills to help to prevent any relapse. Life Works also has a team of highly experienced and qualified therapists who are highly experienced in treating eating disorders. These specialists work with you individually and in group therapy to help to facilitate your recovery.

What are the signs and symptoms of OSFED?

Due to the inexact symptoms of OSFED, it is useful to be mindful of the symptoms for anorexia, bulimia and BED. One of the best ways to identify if you are struggling with this disorder is by keeping meal diaries. Once you have this, you can start to look for eating habits that suggest that an eating disorder may be present. Do you go for long periods of time being severely underweight and then severely overweight? Have your eating habits undergone changes that are uncharacteristic for you? Perhaps you are no longer engaging in social activities like you used to? Are you avoiding family and friends? If any of these characteristics sound familiar, it’s time to consider appropriate treatment.

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Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of eating disorders including OSFED. To discuss how we can help you, please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.


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