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Eating disorders which are not otherwise specified

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Some people with an eating disorder may receive a diagnosis of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) or ‘Atypical’ Eating disorder. Around 50% of all people diagnosed with an eating disorder are diagnosed with EDNOS.

A diagnosis of EDNOS is typically given to someone whose symptoms didn’t meet all of the criteria for anorexia or bulimia, or where their symptoms are a mix of those for anorexia and bulimia. Trying to describe eating disorders is difficult and every individual is slightly different. Individuals with EDNOS/Atypical Eating Disorder can be just as severely affected by their condition.

Last updated: 7 March, 2018