Atypical eating disorders

Also known as: Eating disorders not otherwise specified
Atypical eating disorders, or eating disorders not otherwise specified, is a diagnostic term used when many but not all the criteria are met for the diagnoses of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. For example, maybe a person meets all but the weight criteria for anorexia nervosa, or does not engage in binge eating but purges after eating small to normal amounts of food. Atypical eating disorders are not less serious or less life-threatening, and they can significantly impair a person's ability to feel satisfied with his or her life.

For more than 25 years, the Providence Eating Disorders Treatment Program has helped patients recover from anorexia, bulimia and atypical eating disorders. Our treatment process begins with a thorough clinical assessment to address current and past eating practices and the physical and emotional consequences of these practices. This includes the evaluation of symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and substance use, as well as lifestyle factors, such as social support from family and friends. As patients approach or re-approach treatment, their readiness and the timing of treatment are also considered.  Recovery is a process that requires persistence, courage and effective treatment resources.