Other specified feeding or eating disorder
What is it
OSFED stands for ‘other specified feeding or eating disorder’.
To diagnose someone with an eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, doctors use a specific list of symptoms. Sometimes, a person’s eating disorder doesn’t quite fit the symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, so they’re diagnosed with ‘other specified feeding or eating disorder’.
OSFED is just as serious as any other eating disorder. It’s really important that people with OSFED get the support they need and deserve as soon as possible.
Feelings and behaviours
- Any of the feelings and behaviours associated with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, including:
- Being overly focused on food
- Being secretive about food
- Low confidence
- Poor body image
- Being irritable and having mood swings
- Withdrawing from socialising and activities
- Any of the physical signs of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, including:
- Being tired
What’s going on
Interviews, art, blogs, and tips about mental health and wellbeing.
Hear about the impact of mandatory calorie labelling from a young person in recovery and a Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
An animation (made by young people and FREED from ED) about social media, food, and young people.
Find out about FREED, a service that’s designed to give young people with eating disorders rapid access to specialised, evidence-based treatment and support that’s tailored to their needs.
An interview with Dr Jasmine Shingadia, a Senior Counselling Psychologist, about supporting friends or family members who have eating disorders.