Disordered Eating

There are a number of different ways that disordered eating may be experienced.

Medically the term used for this is often EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified).

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 disordered eating.


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