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Other/Unspecified Eating Disorder: 

Other specified eating disorder (OSFED): 

People with OSFED have symptoms similar (but not exactly) to other eating disorders. For example, they may exhibit behaviors similar to anorexia nervosa or binge eating disorder. Keep in mind these are not ALL the symptoms but rather the most common ones.  

Physical Symptoms: 

  • Significant weight loss or weight gain 

  • Failure in a menstrual cycle

  • Weak immune system 

  • Kidney failure 

  • Weakened bones 

  • Slowed growth 

  • Inflammation 

  • Constipation 

  • Diarrhea 

  • Irregular heartbeats 

  • Fainting/dizziness 

  • Damaged teeth, bad breath, or swelling in cheeks/jaw (due to vomiting) 

Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms: 

  • Obsession with overeating, dieting, exercise or body image 

  • Easily triggered by comments directed towards food, weight, diets, or body image 

  • Increased anxiety during meal times 

  • Feeling guilt or shame after eating 

  • A distorted body image 

  • Low-self esteem, depression, easily irritable 

  • Dieting behavior (avoiding food groups, counting calories, etc) 

  • Hiding of food or binge episodes 

  • Isolation from friends/social activities 

  • Eating alone 

  • Vomiting (less than once a week - more than once meets the criteria for bulimia nervosa) 

  • Chewing and spitting out food 

  • Visiting the bathroom immediately after eating 

  • Obsessed with food preparation 

  • Increased interest in weight or body 

  • Use of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or appetite suppressants 

  • Eating slowly/cutting food into very small pieces 

  • Constantly body checking 

Unspecified eating disorder (UFED): 

USFED causes distress, isolation, or increased anxiety but does not meet the exact criteria for the other eating disorders. This diagnosis is often used when clinicians do not want to specify the reason in which the criteria are not met for a specific eating disorder. This occurs due to insufficient information to make a specific diagnosis, such as an emergency room setting. 

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