Courtney (50lbpuppy) wrote in ed_ucate,
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Ed-nos is really just compulsive over-eating?

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I was looking up treatment for ed-nos a couple days ago, because I was toying with the idea of recovery and wanted to learn more about what methods are specifically used to treat ed-nos. I typed in "ednos treatment" in google and got some very interesting results. Specifically, some websites had definitions of ed-nos that I'm pretty sure are just plain wrong. I wouldn't have minded a couple, but I've found several that seem to view ed-nos as strictly being compulsive over-eating:

Discovery Health: "A third type of eating disorder, "eating disorders not otherwise specified" (EDNOS), refers to symptoms that don't fit into the other two categories of eating disorders. If you suffer from EDNOS, you are a compulsive eater who experiences uncontrolled and sometimes secretive eating."

Um, no?

I found an online article from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that simply copied and pasted that exact definition into their article as well. Spread the ignorance.

From the Fairwinds Treatment Website: "Change in weight and EDNOS patients had an average change in weight of 29 lbs. This is as expected: anorexia nervosa patients were underweight and needed to gain weight, bulimic patients were normal weight and the EDNOS patients were overweight and needed to lose weight." (emphasis mine)

Now, that's not misleading so much as it illustrates the absurdity of lumping compulsive over-eating and binge-eating disorder under "ed-nos" when, as far as I know, those disorders are pretty clearly similar from one case to the next, with similar behaviors. What I don't understand is that it seems like the reasons why they seem to simplify ed-nos as being just "binge eating" or "compulsive over-eating" is because both are classified under ed-nos, which I really don't understand. If it has a label, then wouldn't that make it a specified disorder? Shouldn't ed-nos be reserved for eating disorders that are truly not otherwise specified?
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