Not all dysfunctional eating habits fit into specific categories of eating disorders. Instead, experts have created separate categories to encompass these issues. One category is UFED, which can have dangerous consequences. For this reason, it’s important for people with the disorder to seek help at a UFED treatment center.
UFED stands for unspecified feeding or eating disorders. It’s part of the other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) spectrum. OSFED encompasses eating behaviors that don’t fit into the general categories of eating disorders. However, UFED further covers eating habits that don’t fit into the OSFED category.
People who have UFED exhibit the symptoms of eating disorders, but don’t meet the full criteria for a diagnosis. For instance, disordered behaviors and thoughts aren’t enough to justify diagnosing a specific eating disorder. However, their eating habits cause significant distress and can impair how they function in social, work, and other situations.
Basically, doctors use UFED when there’s insufficient evidence to justify a specific diagnosis. After they have more time to determine the cause of the symptoms, the UFED diagnosis could change. The diagnosis could also change when people’s symptoms change.