OSFED (Otherwise Specified Feeding Eating Disorder)

When the picture is not always clear

OSFED (Other Specified Feeding Eating Disorder ) and UFED (Unspecified Feeding Eating Disorder) terminology is used where diagnosis criteria is broad/varied or when eating disorders don’t always fall into neat categories.

People with disorders that don’t meet the criteria for a specific disorder may be diagnosed as Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) or Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED).

OSFED is a serious eating disorder that presents in many different ways.

What is OSFED (Otherwise Specified Feeding Eating Disorder)?

If a person is diagnosed with OSFED, they have an eating issue which doesn’t quite fit the criteria for any one disorder. It doesn’t mean they don’t have a problem. For example, they may meet the criteria for anorexia nervosa but continue to menstruate, regularly purge without binge eating, or binge eat very infrequently.

Orthorexia is an obsession with eating healthy food and an eating disorder needing treatment.

What is UFED (Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder)?

UFED is usually used when a patient clearly suffers from disordered eating patterns, but medical professionals don’t have all the information they need to make a diagnosis.

What is Orthorexia?

Although Orthorexia hasn’t been classified by DSM-V, it is recognised as an issue with links to eating disorders. Orthorexia is described as an extreme obsession with eating healthy food and avoiding ‘unhealthy’ food. Sufferers may restrict their eating more and more as the disorder progresses. Left untreated, or combined with other risk factors, Orthorexia can progress into a full-blown eating disorder.

It’s important to remember that eating disorders are serious, whether anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or any of the other categories. All eating disorders have physical and psychological risks, and they can all be very dangerous if left untreated.

If you believe your loved one is suffering with an eating disorder, please contact EDFA for help and support.

Take the Feed Your Instinct early identification eating disorder test here.

Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)

EDFA is a proud not for profit, volunteer run organisation. 

We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the Eating Disorder space. Strength in numbers means we are able to affect change and have the collective voice of the carers recognised.

We provide opportunities to connect with other parents and carers who share your experiences… helping you to feel less alone and isolated.

Yearly membership is just $25.

Membership gives access to:

 – Access to a range of resources in our Member Only section of the website including Educational Recordings, Member Recommended Clinicians and Services, and more.

 – monthly state-based strive carer support groups

 – twice monthly education sessions

 – monthly sibling support group

 – quarterly strive support groups for carers of people with ARFID,  Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, as well as a group for male carers

 – discounts to eating disorder events and conferences. 

 – daily online support through our strive Facebook page and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

Your membership helps EDFA with ongoing costs of running a not-for-profit organisation, and importantly, shows Government that families value, need and believe in this type of lived-experience support. Strength in numbers helps EDFA lobby as the collective voice of carers for  better services, treatments, access to expert clinicians and specialised ED units, to help our loved ones in their recovery journey and to acknowledge the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on the entire family unit


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