Is OSFED in the DSM-5?

Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) is a subclinical DSM-5 category that, along with unspecified feeding or eating disorder (UFED), replaces the category formerly called eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) in the DSM-IV-TR.

What is the DSM-5 criteria for OSFED?

According to the DSM-5, the category of other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) is applicable to individuals who are experiencing significant distress due to symptoms that are similar to disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder, but who do not meet the full criteria for a diagnosis of …

Can you be diagnosed with OSFED?

A person with OSFED does not meet the criteria to be diagnosed with another eating disorder, however, is presenting with many of the symptoms of other eating disorders. OSFED is just as serious as other eating disorders and is associated with complex medical and psychiatric complications.

What’s an example of OSFED?

As OSFED is an umbrella term, people diagnosed with it may experience very different symptoms. Some specific examples of OSFED include: Atypical anorexia – where someone has all the symptoms a doctor looks for to diagnose anorexia, except their weight remains within a “normal” range.


Background. EDNOS refers to Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified – a diagnostic category used from 1987-2013. OSFED refers to Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder – an updated diagnostic category, published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013. OSFED is the most prevalent* of all eating disorders.

Is EDNOS in the DSM-5?

a) EDNOS Splits Up. As mentioned above it has been replaced in DSM-5 with OSFED and UFED. One of these diagnoses should be used in cases where distressful and impairing symptoms of an eating disorder are present, but the full criteria for one of the other FED’s are not met.

How common is OSFED?

OSFED affects up to six percent of the population. The mortality rate is estimated to be 5.2 percent for unspecified eating disorders. Nearly half of OSFED patients have a comorbid mood disorder.

Is orthorexia an OSFED?

Orthorexia nervosa is another category of symptoms that can qualify as OSFED. The National Eating Disorder Association defines this as the fixation on eating only the healthiest foods and the right portions. This may seem harmless but can easily turn into anorexia or bulimia or both.

Is OSFED serious and life threatening?

OSFED is the most widely diagnosed eating disorder in outpatient settings. Often, OSFED can be mistaken as non-serious or sub-clinical disordered eating; however, OSFED is a serious and life-threatening disorder that requires clinical treatment.