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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

Physical signs

  • Any of the physical signs of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, including:
  • Being tired

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