People with OSFED commonly present with extremely disturbed eating habits, and/or a distorted body image and/or overvaluation of shape and weight and/or an intense fear of gaining weight (if underweight). OSFED is the most common eating disorder diagnosed for adults as well as adolescents, and affects both males and females.
Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) was formerly recognised as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). According to the DSM-5, a person with OSFED may present with many of the symptoms of other eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder but will not meet the full criteria for diagnosis of these disorders.
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In a study conducted by ANAD, 86% of participants reported the onset of their eating disorder occurred by the age of 20, but only 50% reported being cured. “This is one reason why we find large numbers of women and men in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond suffering from these illnesses,” says Meehan. But on a slightly more positive note, Grishkat says she has noticed that most of the older women she has treated tend to be very determined in their pursuit for health and wellness. “They dedicate themselves to the treatment and have many motivators that the younger women don't have—i.e., children, a family, aging, etc. As a result, these women tend to do well in treatment.”
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The Academy for Eating Disorders, a professional association for eating disorders professionals, has called upon governments and industry to support a ban against severely underweight models on the runway and in magazines. The Academy for Eating Disorders and the Brazilian Fashion Industry both have set similar guidelines for the fashion industry, including:
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Should pro-eating disorder websites be classified similar to pornographic websites and other sites with harmful content? Where should the responsibility lie? Changing cultural attitudes and perceptions of weight and body image requires international collaboration of governments, industry, and community groups. Until they all work together, societal norms will most likely not change.
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As Grishkat says, “Eating disorders are never about weight, food, numbers, etc., but they are a way of coping with something else that the person finds extremely difficult to express, feel, or control. In this way, the role of the eating disorder is much like alcohol for an alcoholic. Both serve the same purpose—to avoid, numb, and cope. So, if as an adolescent the person learned that this was an effective way of coping, we wouldn't find it unusual that they might revert back to this unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with later life stressors, particularly if the person has never learned other, healthier ways of coping.”
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There are over 300 different psychiatric disorders listed in the DSM-IV. With continued research, more are named every year and some disorders are removed or re-categorized. AllPsych includes in these pages the etiology (how it develops), symptoms, treatment options, and prognosis for over 60 adult psychiatric disorders and 8 personality disorders, as well as the names and DSM Codes for over 150 disorders.
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“Now whether she had fully explained to the doctors all of her fears, I don't know,” Meehan continues. “But the fact is that she was scared to death because she was afraid that she was going to die if she didn't eat the right things. And she had a hard time figuring out what were the right things. So, I don't think she had an eating disorder early on in her life; I think this developed sometime later. When she developed a heart attack, she was concerned that this was going to be it. So for her, it was fear that maintained and perhaps increased her eating disorder.”