Unspecified eating disorders include disorders that don’t exactly meet the criteria for anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.
This is a bit of a catch-all category, which includes eating disorders that health care professionals aren’t yet able to explain or understand.
People who have an unspecified eating disorder generally don’t like their body and their weight. They become obsessed and end up with a disorder. They’re constantly counting the calories they eat and going on diets or trying other fashionable techniques to lose weight or gain muscle mass.
One unspecified eating disorder is bigorexia. People with this condition think that their muscles are never big enough. They’ll try all kinds of supplements to increase muscle mass and spend almost all their time at the gym. Often that causes them to spend less time having fun or being with friends. They set themselves serious physical goals and, if they don’t meet them, they feel guilty or like failures.
Another disorder is orthorexia, which is an obsession with healthy eating. People with orthorexia pay too much attention to the nutritional value of what’s on their plates. In some cases, they will even refuse to eat if the meal doesn’t contain all the nutrients they demand or if it has too much fat, salt, or sugar. Because they want to eat too healthily, these people may also follow diets that deprive them of many essential nutrients. Finally, their obsession with healthy eating may affect their relationships with friends and family.
There are many eating disorders and some of them still aren’t well known.
If you think your relationship with your body or food is abnormal, consult your doctor or contact Tel-jeunes. Our counsellors can help you get a better understanding of what you’re going through.