EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)

EDNOS is an eating disorder diagnosis that is used when individuals who have significant eating disorder symptoms do not meet frequency or weight criteria that is applied to anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating diagnosis.  Even though it is a more broad category of eating disorder, it is no less debilitating for those struggling with it.

For those with anorexia, it may include patients who still have regular menses or patients who have lost a significant amount of weight but their weight is still in a ‘normal’ range. For those with bulimia, it includes individuals who don’t meet the frequency requirements for binges per week or the length of symptoms. This category also includes other maladaptive behaviors such as chewing and spitting, and it’s currently used as the diagnostic category for binge eating disorder