Unspecified eating disorders

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Eating disorders are not limited to anorexia and bulimia. There are plenty of others that affect guys and girls alike; some can be hard to spot while others are pretty obvious. They’re called unspecified eating disorders. Learn more about them in this article.

Unspecified eating disorders are real disorders for which there are still no clear diagnoses. The reason for this is simple: more studies are needed to allow healthcare professionals to understand and treat them better.


This ‘catch-all’ category includes disorders that don’t exactly meet the criteria for anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.


One unspecified eating disorder is bigorexia. People who suffer from this disorder feel that they are always too thin and wish they were more muscular. To achieve this, they may try all kinds of supplements, spend all their time at the gym, and may even favour training over their hobbies and being with loved ones. If they don't achieve their physical goals, they feel guilty or experience a deep sense of failure. This is an issue that affects mostly boys and men.


There is also 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, impose extremely strict dietary restrictions on themselves, and spend a significant amount of time planning and preparing meals. Lastly, their obsession with healthy food may affect their relationships with friends and family.


There are many eating disorders and some are still not well understood.


If you think your relationship with your body or food is unhealthy, consult your doctor or contact Tel-jeunes. Our counsellors can help you better understand what you are experiencing.


Source: Aneb ados