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OSFED – Otherwise Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders Overview

People with OSFED have some but not all of the symptoms of anorexia or bulimia.

  • All criteria for Anorexia met except regular menses are still occurring
  • All criteria for Bulimia met except that binge eating and inappropriate compensatory mechanisms occur at a frequency of less than twice a week or for a duration of less than 3 months
  • All criteria for Anorexia met except that weight remains in the normal range
  • Regular use of inappropriate compensatory behavior by a normal weight individual after eating small amounts of food
  • Repeatedly chewing and spitting out, but not swallowing, large amounts of food
  • Binge Eating Disorder- to binge uncontrollably on large amounts of food – sometimes thousands of calories at a time – but DO NOT purge the calories after they are consumed