Around 30% of people who seek treatment for an eating disorder have Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). The reasons for developing OSFED will differ from person to person; known causes include genetic predisposition and a combination of environmental, social and cultural factors. OSFED, like many other eating disorders is triggered by unresolved underlying feelings and emotions. Childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, bullying, low-self esteem, a perfectionistic personality and poor interpersonal relationship skills are all known to contribute to the onset of OSFED.
Additionally if your parent or sibling has an eating disorder, you are more likely to develop OSFED, therefore even if you have no underlying triggers, genetics can still be the culprit.
Risks & Complications
There is a general lack of understanding regarding the severity of OSFED and the importance of professional treatment for those grappling with disorders that fall under this category. A common misconception about OSFED is that the subtypes of this eating disorder are not severe, and many believe they do not need treatment.
Delaying treatment can result in developing co-occurring disorders or worsening the severity of the current disorder, and therefore, it is just as necessary to diagnose and treat OSFED, as it is any other eating disorder. Individuals with OSFED can engage in self-harm and co-occurring mental health issues or substance abuse, just as with other eating disorders.
Treatment for OSFED
The good news is that recovery is possible! Treatment for OSFED is highly individualized, based on the specific diagnosis, with the treatment team utilizing evidence-based treatment modalities with proven success.
If you or a loved one is struggling, please reach out to us. Center for Discovery’s Treatment Centers specialize in treatment for eating disorders, mental health and dual diagnosis treatment with unique treatment programs for every individual to get them on their way to eating disorder recovery.
For more information, resources, or to consult with one of our specialists, call 866.482.3876.