New Research Provides Insight into EDNOS

Millions of people around the world struggle with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia but some eating disorders are harder to explain. EDNOS is one of these eating disorders and EDNOS is also known as Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified. This eating disorder is not as specific as anorexia but can be just as devastating as these other eating disorders. EDNOS is a very devastating disease and there are many different things you need to know about this eating disorder. New research is showing just how serious this eating disorder is, and the new studies are important for recognizing the signs and symptoms before it progresses too far.

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EDNOS, otherwise known as Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified is a classification of eating disorders in which the symptoms do not fall in other categories of eating disorders. This condition means someone can have either less extreme eating disorder symptoms or more severe eating disorder symptoms. Someone who has EDNOS can be someone struggling with body size or weight or someone who is dieting often and worried about food consumption. More severe forms of EDNOS can include things like binging and purging or obsessive exercising and dieting. People who suffer from EDNOS need medical attention just like an anorexic or bulimic person even though they might seem okay on the outside. Someone who is suffering from EDNOS might not appear overweight or underweight and often times they have a normal-looking body but suffer from the condition mentally more than physically.

People with EDNOS might appear to be healthy and might even look healthy, so you need to look more at the mentality of the person rather than physical appearance. Someone with EDNOS might be worried about calorie consumption or eating after a certain time and will often make statements about foods being too high in fat or calories. Someone with EDNOS can have a slight case of the eating disorder to where they are just exercising obsessively or watching their weight. We all want to look good and worry about what we eat so determining who might have EDNOS can be difficult. Some of the habits might include working out everyday or being very concerned of how their body looks or eating only once a day. Other habits can be extreme such as binging and purging and over-eating even if the person is not hungry. Someone might be doing these habits less-frequently than someone who does fall under the common eating disorder categories which is why it is “not otherwise specified” because it is a generalization. EDNOS is a very generic and broad category for an eating disorder and the person might even have a normal body mass index but suffer mental body image impairments. Someone who has EDNOS might also spit out food after chewing it or might only digest certain foods.

Some common problems people with EDNOS face are the same problems that people with other eating disorders face. You can become dehydrated and malnourished from the lack of food or lack of nutritional intake going on and this can also lead to other medical conditions. When you binge or purge you can also hurt your throat and develop sores and ulcers within the lining of the throat. Your throat might also become irritated and red and your voice will become hoarse from the acid that occurs during throwing up. Erosion of the enamel of the teeth is also a common problem for people with EDNOS just like a bulimic due to the acid in your stomach coming up when you throw up. Someone with EDNOS is also at risk for heart attacks or strokes, heart disease, muscle loss, and even death due to their lack of proper nutrition. EDNOS might also induce panic attacks or anxiety relating to weight issues and concerns and might also produce hallucinations. Someone with EDNOS typically will have some form of mental illness maybe underlying such as depression or feelings of failure. There are a lot of risks associated with EDNOS most of them being from lack of nutrition.


People who have EDNOS face a lot of obstacles but most of the time they are mental and need to be treated through a Psychologist. People with EDNOS often have body image issues relating to thinking they are fat when in reality they are not. Someone with EDNOS might have low self-esteem and they also might have a hard time getting past their physical appearance. Other obstacles someone with EDNOS might face are questions relating to why they have this eating disorder and what pain are they really trying to cover up. Someone with EDNOS needs help realizing their potential and that they are just as important as someone else, regardless of what they look like on the outside. Someone with EDNOS might also face issues when it comes to trying to eat healthy again and getting back into the cycle of regular eating. A lot of extensive therapy or self-help courses are going to be needed for someone who suffers from EDNOS due to the fact they feel inadequate or fat mentally even if physically they are not.

As with all other eating disorders, you need to seek professional help if you have EDNOS, because there are long-term physical and mental health risks associated with this disorder. People who have eating disorders of any kind often have childhood traumas that are linked to why they began having this eating disorder. It is very important that people with EDNOS or other eating disorders to seek a psychologist because it can help the person understand their childhood trauma and learn how to overcome whatever happened in childhood that then led them to the path of an eating disorder. You might not think you have an eating disorder in the routine sense, which is where EDNOS comes into play, and you have to treat this just like every other eating disorder, which means you need to seek therapy and other help to learn how to life a healthy and happy life and find support you need.




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Jeanne Rose lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been a freelance writer since 2010. She took Allied Health in vocational school where she earned her CNA/PCA, and worked in a hospital for 3 years. Jeanne enjoys writing about science, health, politics, business, and other topics as well.

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