What is OSFED?
OSFED stands for Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder and refers to an eating disorder that is similar to but not exactly the same as other eating disorders. You may have some characteristics of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder yet find that you don’t meet all of the criteria used by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for those eating disorders. If that is the case, you will likely be told that you have OSFED. While OSFED may not be as well-known as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, it is nevertheless serious and requires treatment.
EDNOS vs OSFED: Are they the same?
Many people with eating disorders do not meet the precise criteria established by the APA in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Before the DSM-5 – the fifth edition of the manual – was published in 2013, eating disorders that did not meet the manual’s criteria were classified as EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). In the DSM-5, EDNOS was formally changed to OSFED.
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