Okay, not wanting to gain weight and being aware of everything you put into your body are not symptoms of an eating disorder. This is stuff bodybuilders and Olympic athletes do, they maintain weight and eat a special diet so they’ll keep their muscles, if they developed an eating disorder they’d not get very far in the Olympics. If you’re hyper focused on food and exercise but you’re not rapidly gaining or losing weight and you are loving and taking care of your body, you don’t have an eating disorder. Sheesh, basically nowadays everything is an eating disorder except overeating! Frankly, if you repeatedly go periods where you eat only 200 calories a day on purpose that’s anorexia in my book, no NOS about it. Anorexia doesn’t require angst, body dimophic disorder, and looking at boney girls online; it just requires a lack of will to eat that spans long periods of time. Basically what I learned here was EDNOS is Anorexia. Hm. I can’t help but notice there was not a word about OVEREATING disorders. Did you know you can split a gut from overeating? There’s binge eating, night/sleepwalk eating… shit that can result in intestinal problems and diabetes and heart attacks. but nope! only the EDs that result in weight loss get mentions. I see discrimination. And you know it’s not always about weight with these things.
As promised, the paper I wrote on EDNOS for my psychology class. Full text below the cut. Also, please reblog to share with your followers.
Few things, have you actually ever read about EDNOS? Have you looked up the DSM standards for eating disorders? Have you put hours into research? Maybe you have, but it doesn’t sound like that.
Also, the paper isn’t titled “Eating Disorders” it is titled EDNOS. EDNOS is it’s own type of eating disorder. There are subcategories within EDNOS but I was limited on how much I could write.
EDNOS is not anorexia nervosa. In order to be diagnosed (currently) with anorexia nervosa you have to meet certain standards, including food limiting, body weight is abnormally low, and lack of periods in females. Now, if you don’t have one of these symptoms, like you could be at a normal weight, you would be classified as EDNOS. Trust, me I would have loved to go in depth about how horrible it is that we are only allowed these classifications, and that a person may be over weight but also be anorexic. But I was limited in what I could do. This wasn’t a paper written to be opinionated, but to inform about the current standards.
EDNOS basically is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. But the way it works right now is that if you miss just one of the DSM standards that is what you are diagnosed as. The sad thing is that if you are diagnosed with EDNOS it is very hard to get treatment without paying a butt load. Health insurance companies don’t consider it life threatening, and apparently you don’t either…..
PS: Not wanting to gain weight and being aware of everything you put into your body ARE symptoms of an eating disorder, but they aren’t the only ones. Just like sneezing and runny noses are symptoms of a cold but they aren’t the only ones.