There are a number of different ways that disordered eating may be
Medically the term used for this is often EDNOS (eating disorder not
There are people who exhibit disordered eating and unhealthy weight
management symptoms, but whose behaviour does not fall into the categories
of anorexia, bulimia, or binge-eating.
This often just means that the eating disorder has been caught early,
before more serious symptoms (such as extreme weight-loss or weight-gain)
have started to show.
Examples of what attitudes might constitute disordered eating include:
Someone of normal weight, who eats no fat and occasionally purges
Someone who thinks that she is fat, despite being thin and losing
more weight, is fasting, but is still menstruating
Someone who purges after eating big meals, but isn't binging and
the purging is infrequent.
Someone who occasionally binges on large amounts of food
There are other disorders, such as orthorexia and exercise addiction,
that are not yet official psychological diagnoses, but may soon become
so. These often occur in conjunction with anorexia and bulimia, but
they can also occur independently. These come under the umbrella of