EDNOS: a medical acronym that stands for “Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified”
It’s a messy thing. This is the acronym used for people who have eating disorders that aren’t classically classifiable as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. It’s a junk drawer of eating disorders, and it includes purgeless binge eating.
I’ve long suspected I either fell into EDNOS or I was borderline EDNOS. I think most people go on a kitchen rampage once in a while, but I seem to do it regularly. I don’t know how long I’ve been this way; the old adage about boiling a frog seems to apply. It just slowly crept into my life somehow. It hasn’t seemed major enough to deal with, though. Even though I’ve struggled to keep my weight steady my entire life, and I’ve been struggling to get rid of a sudden 80-lb weight gain for the last decade, I’ve never been extremely overweight. And when I do rampage through the kitchen, it is to the tune of 1,000-2,000 calories of damage, and not the sky-high levels I’d see listed with more classic cases of binge eating. And it didn’t seem to happen that often.
And yet, here I am, still struggling to conquer that 80 lbs, even though I eat very well on most days and I like to exercise.
And then, last week, after two days of being unable to stop eating all the food in my apartment, I saw online that you should seek help if you are binge eating at least once per week.