OSFED (Other 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 (Other 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. 

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-5, 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. People with orthorexia may restrict their eating more and more as the disorder progresses. 

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, predominantly 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:

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

Over 70 support groups and education sessions per year. including:

Twice monthly education sessions

strive Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any type of eating disorder (run three times each month)

strive ARFID Carer Support Group (run monthly)

strive bulimia nervosa Carer Support Group (run quarterly)

strive binge eating disorder Carer Support Group (run quarterly) 

strive4Men Carer Support Group (run quarterly) – a group for male carers 

siblings Support Group (run monthly) – a group for siblings of those with an eating disorder

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

discounts to eating disorder events and conferences

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 eating disorder 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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