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Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED) are characterized as disturbances in eating behavior that do not meet full criteria for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Binge Eating Disorder, but involve maladaptive thoughts and behaviors related to food, eating, and body image. OSFED affects up to six percent of the population and causes clinically significant distress or impairment of daily functioning.

Atypical Anorexia Nervosa

Atypical Anorexia Nervosa – All criteria of Anorexia Nervosa are met, except that despite significant weight loss, the individual’s weight is within or above the normal range.

Bulimia Nervosa

(of low frequency and/or limited duration)

Bulimia Nervosa (of low frequency and/or limited duration) – All of the criteria for Bulimia Nervosa are met, except that the binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors occur, on average, at a lower frequency and/or for less than three months.

Binge Eating Disorder

(of low frequency and/or limited duration)

Binge Eating Disorder (of low frequency and/or limited duration) – All of the criteria for BED are met, except that the binge eating occurs, on average, less than once a week and/or for less than 3 months.

Purging Disorder

Purging Disorder – Recurrent purging behavior to influence weight or shape in the absence of binge eating.

Night Eating Syndrome

Night Eating Syndrome – Recurrent episodes of night eating, as exhibited by eating after awakening from sleep or by excessive food consumption after the evening meal. There is awareness and recall of the eating, often accompanied by shame and guilt, causes significant distress and/or impairment of functioning. The behavior is not better explained by external influences or by social norms.

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