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“As someone who has taken many many psychology classes and has studied the DSM forward and backward, it is correct that one of the criteria is being below expected weight for height, age, etc... TECHNICALLY, someone who fits all the criteria besides that would be diagnosed with EDNOS. But, to the person who replied with their personal story, I'm sure many doctors diagnose this way for simplicity's sake. I think many people would agree that the label does not matter, the illness is still the same.”
The percent if weight you have to lose in order to be officially diagnosed with anorexia nervosa has changed over the years, as people realized that we shouldn’t require people to be near death before we help them. There is nothing wrong with diagnosing a person of normal weight with anorexia nervosa if they would fit the diagnosis if only they’d lose another thirty pounds. EDNOS is typically reserved for people who have a “mix” of eating-disordered behaviors, like me. It’s not just an anorectic who isn’t skinny enough.