Other Disorders

Technically speaking, there are only a small number of 'official' eating disorders. OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders) provides a generic place to cover a variety of disordered eating behaviours that do not conform to the diagnostic criteria for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder.

However, there are a number of other conditions in which disordered eating, body image and weight play a significant part. Here, we have included information about disorders created by third parties, such as the media and authors. They are terms that are heard increasingly in the media and the following offers some explanation.

There are a number of other disorders that are often considered to be related in some way to eating disorders. They are usually conditions in their own right, with their own diagnostic criteria. They are similar in that they possess a symptomatic component in common with symptoms existing with an eating disorder.

“I saw a SWEDA support worker on campus at university. I had been struggling with binge eating disorder and compulsive exercise for about ten years. The SWEDA support worker was able to help me look at my relationship with food and my body in a different way. I have learned to be kinder to myself and they taught me techniques which helped me to slow down my thinking. Now I can go out and have fun without worrying all the time.”

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