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Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) : Awareness

Originally written by @Hope
Transferred by @emsworld

I Will be discussing the Eating Disorder known as “EDNOS” in this post .The topic can be sensitive for some. I tried my best to filter out anything triggering .


What is EDNOS ?

It is a eating disorder that does not meet the criteria for: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Binge Eating Disorder . Individuals with EDNOS usually fall into one of three groups:

-sub-threshold symptoms of anorexia or bulimia, mixed features of both disorders, or -extremely atypical eating behaviors that are not characterized by either of the other established disorders.

-People with EDNOS have similar symptoms and behaviors to those with anorexia and bulimia.



What are the symptoms of EDNOS?

The signs and symptoms of EDNOS are very similar to those for bulimia and anorexia:

-A constant awareness, bordering on obsession with food, calorie counting, exercise, and weight.

-Behaviors that are meant to compensate for eating, which can include vomiting, using laxatives, or exercising. Binging or compensating may not be initially obvious. Signs include the disappearance of food in large quantities, spending a lot of time alone, or spending a long period of time eating.

-Restricting food intake and calorie consumption.

-Cycles of restricting food, binging, feelings of shame and guilt, and then purging.

-Rules about food, such as foods that can never be eaten, times of day to avoid eating, and others.



What Factors can influence EDNOS ?

There is no specific list of factors when it comes to EDNOS  But on a general scale . Some factors have been shown to be connected to the development of an eating disorder. While these factors are not necessarily predictive, they may contribute to the onset of disordered eating behaviors.

Biological: Scientists are still researching possible biochemical or biological causes of eating disorders. In some individuals with eating disorders, certain chemicals in the brain that control hunger, appetite, and digestion have been found to be unbalanced. The exact meaning and implications of these imbalances remain under investigation. Eating disorders often run in families. Current research indicates that there are significant genetic contributions to eating disorders.

Psychological: Low self-esteem; feelings of inadequacy or lack of control in life; depression, anxiety, anger, stress or loneliness.

Social: Cultural pressures that glorify “thinness” or muscularity and place value on obtaining the “perfect body”, narrow definitions of beauty that include only women and men of specific body weights and shapes, cultural norms that value people on the basis of physical appearance and not inner qualities and strengths, stress related to racial, ethnic, size/weight-related or other forms of discrimination or prejudice.

Interpersonal: Troubled personal relationships; difficulty expressing emotions and feelings; history of being teased or ridiculed based on size or weight; history of physical or sexual abuse.



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