The sample was composed of 104 women: 35 with AN, 28 with BN, 16 with EDNOS
and 25 controls.
Addressing the EDNOS
issue and improving upon the utility of DSM-IV: Classifying eating disorders using symptom profiles.
That fewer patients will now be classified with EDNOS
is an important step forward.
Participants were classified as having bulimia nervosa (BN) ([greater than or equal to] weekly binge eating and purging), binge eating disorder (BED) ([greater than or equal to] weekly binge eating, infrequent purging), purging disorder (PD) ([greater than or equal to] weekly purging, infrequent binge eating), other EDNOS
(binge eating and/or purging monthly), or nondisordered.
The elevated death rate for BN and EDNOS
as well "highlights the seriousness of those conditions," wrote the authors.
These symptoms do not meet the criteria for AN, BN, or EDNOS
but do flag the potential for the more severe problems.
Binge Eating Disorder, included as a provisional category in the DSM-IV, is a specific example of an EDNOS
Among the bulimia patients, 74% did not have an eating disorder, 7% had bulimia, 1% had anorexia, 13% had EDNOS
, and none had died.
Underrepresented issues such as gender, culture, EDNOS
and comorbidity are covered in full
, which stands for eating disorder not otherwise specified, are different to what people associate with anorexia and bulimia.
What is missing from the guidelines highlights an unfortunate failure in evidence-based medicine for eating disorders: the complete lack of data on the most common of the eating disorders: EDNOS
, or eating disorder not otherwise specified.
They were also more likely to be diagnosed with an "Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified," or EDNOS
, rather than with anorexia or bulimia, than girls (62.