Some patients experience eating disorders that just don’t fit neatly into diagnoses like anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. They may have diabulimia (a dual diagnosis of diabetes as well as an eating disorder), an avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, or other specified feeding and eating disorder (OSFED). Examples of OSFED include atypical anorexia nervosa (where despite significant weight loss, the patient is not below the normal range), bulimia nervosa of low frequency and/or limited duration, binge eating disorder of low frequency and/or limited duration, purging disorder, and night eating syndrome.
People with these other eating disorders actually comprise approximately half of the patients seeking eating disorder treatment at centers like EDCare. What is really important to know is that patients with other specified feeding and eating disorder may need the same level of treatment and support as patients with diagnoses such as anorexia and bulimia.