What is EDNOS?

We’ve heard of anorexia, and we’ve also discussed about bulimia. These happen to be the most commonly known eating disorders. What we don’t know is that there are some other eating disorders which fall in neither of these categories. However, they are equally dangerous. Or maybe even worse. This is because the symptoms of these disorders fall in neither of the illnesses. And so, they may be misdiagnosed or overlooked by the physicians.

‘EDNOS’ is the acronym for Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified.

What is EDNOS, really? EDNOS, also known as Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified, is a mental illness which occurs in adults, adolescents, as well as children. The common symptoms of EDNOS include distorted body image, binge-purge cycles, and faulty eating habits.

How is EDNOS different from anorexia or bulimia?

The people suffering from EDNOS maybe 87% underweight than their Ideal Body weight. To be considered anorexic they have to be 85% underweight.

Secondly, people with EDNOS may have a binging & purging episode mostly likely once a week. But Bulimic people usually have these episodes for at least twice a week.

EDNOS affects you physically, physiologically and behaviorally.

How does EDNOS affect your body?

EDNOS has a severe impact of your well-being. It could lead to:

-Rupture of oesophagus or stomach due to forceful purging
-Chronic constipation or diarrhea
-Osteoporosis
-Kidney failure
-Irregular heart beat & high risk of heart failure
-Irregular menstrual cycle or absence of periods due to hormonal imbalance
-Risk of infertility

These people are nervous around food. They loathe pretty much every bite they take in, as if they feel guilty of eating. Even though they have a perfect body, they always think they are over-weight. Most of the time they may avoid socializing due to the fear of being surrounded by food or due to low self esteem.

It is important to identify these symptoms and seek help as soon as possible. Now you know what is EDNOS. If you know anyone around you who shows symptoms of EDNOS, it is best to help them out immediately.

Since EDNOS has a lot to do with the psychological perceptions, seeking psychiatric help would be beneficial.

Although the process takes long, EDNOS is reversible. It is easier to cure when diagnosed at the earliest.

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