EDNOS: Warning Signs and Symptoms

From Dr. Douglas Bunnell, a clinical psychologist and vice president of The Renfrew Center, a renowned eating disorder treatment program with 11 locations in nine states.

EDNOS can encompass any number of eating disorder symptoms or behaviors. Those who exhibit many or some of the criteria of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, without meeting the full diagnostic requirements of those specific diseases, may be diagnosed with EDNOS. Below are some of the signs and symptoms to aware of:

  • Are preoccupied with food, calories, nutrition or cooking.
  • Deny that you are hungry.
  • Exercise obsessively.
  • Weigh yourself frequently.
  • Lose your hair or begin to experience thinning hair.
  • Feel cold even though the temperature is normal or only slightly cool.
  • Have menstrual irregularities.
  • Cannot voluntarily stop eating.
  • Feel guilty or ashamed about eating.
  • Eat until the point of feeling uncomfortably full.
  • Often eat alone because of shame or embarrassment.