A diagnosis of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified- EDNOS is given to someone with an eating disorder. It is a medical term for someone who may have a mixture of both types of the illness or has some but not all of the medical symptoms of either Anorexia or Bulimia. This should not be viewed as a more minor illness and EDNOS can be just as serious as Anorexia or Bulimia. EDNOS counts for 50% of cases, and is the most common type of Eating disorder.
Signs of EDNOS
Same signs to look for in Anorexia or Bulimia
Restricted Eating or compensate eating e.g. exercise or purging
Those who restrict often by the end of day feel need to eat, the urge is so strong that it results in a binge. The binge can result in feelings of guilt and shame leading to purging. This can prompt the individual to do better tomorrow by restricting. These cycles are common with EDNOS and Bulimia and can become difficult to change if not addressed.
Can be obsessive with food rules e.g. good foods, bad food- the individual can become absorbed with eating habits and patterns.
Long Term Effects
EDNOS sufferers are at risk for many of the complications of Anorexia or Bulimia depending on their symptoms.
Those who binge and purge are at similar risk to Bulimia and can severely damage their bodies.
Electrolyte imbalance and dehydration can happen and may cause cardiac complications even sudden death.
In rare cases binge eating can rupture the stomach
Purging can result in heart failure due to loss of vital minerals e.g. potassium
Those with EDNOS who restrict, may have low blood pressure, mental and emotional disturbance, slower heart rate, disruption of hormones.
See Binge Eating Disorder
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