If you struggle with eating disorder behaviors, but are confused as to what category those behaviors fall under, please answer the following questions.
Do you resort to food-related behaviors to deal with stress?
Does it feel that your life is out of control?
Do you criticize your weight and appearance even though others think you look great?
Are there issues in your life that you are afraid to address?
Are you hesitant to approach God about your behaviors because you feel guilty?
While only a professional can diagnose you, if any of these things are true for you, please read further. You may have EDNOS or the precursors to EDNOS – Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified.
Someone may be diagnosed with EDNOS when he or she engages in food-related behaviors associated with anorexia or bulimia, but does not meet enough criteria to be diagnosed with either one. Although this is not a comprehensive list, here are some of the common signs and symptoms of EDNOS.
Obsession with weight and body image
Restricting food intake
Taking diet pills, laxatives or diuretics
Chewing food, but spitting it out
Purging without having binged
You need not have every sign and symptom in order for you to have EDNOS. Any combination of these signs and symptoms can result in serious consequences. Here are some health problems that can occur as a result of EDNOS.
Weakness, fatigue and dizziness
Irritable bowel syndrome
EDNOS can even be fatal. If you have any concerns, please reach out for help. EDNOS need not become life threatening.
If you have EDNOS, know that you can break free of it and God can bless you with a life better than you could imagine. Here are some things to consider as you allow Him to lead your recovery.
EDNOS may be difficult to fight, but you can walk free of it. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” II Cor. 4:8
You have access to God’s power while you work through this difficult challenge, and His power is beyond what you can even imagine. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” Eph. 3:20
When you feel guilty over what you have done, cling to the promise of God’s forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Go to the Lord first with all of your needs while you battle EDNOS. He will be with you, loving you, leading you and healing you every step of the way. To invite Him to lead your recovery, perhaps you would like to say this prayer or one like it in your own words.
I feel confused about my food-related behaviors, but I know they aren’t right. Will You forgive me? I know I can’t fight EDNOS alone, and I ask that You lead me to the treatment and support I need. Please help me resist the temptation to engage in food-related behaviors and reach to You instead. Please walk with me and strengthen me while I battle this eating disorder. Thank You for loving me and for the life You have waiting for me once I work through the underlying issues and leave this eating disorder behind me.
In Jesus’ name,