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I'm an 18 year old female and although my diagnosis is EDNOS, i struggle from restricting and over exercising with periods of bulimic behaviors. I recently noticed that, when alone, i will prepare large amounts of food and pick it apart eating a minimal amount until it is unsatisfying enough to through away. I have no idea where this behavior came from. In a sense it's a binge because I get a sort of "high" from seeing all the food, but i also get a "high" from throwing it all away. Does this behavior fit specifically into Anorexia or Bulimia, or is it just another disordered way of eating?

Answered by: Robyn Sysko

People with eating disorders experience many different types of eating behaviors that are not specifically described as part of the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN). Based on your question, it sounds like this behavior is bothering you. In that case, regardless of whether the behavior fits with a diagnosis of AN or BN, you might want to consider obtaining an evaluation from a mental health professional familiar with the treatment of eating disorders. If you live in the New York area, we would be happy to talk more with you about our programs or offer you referrals to other providers. You can call the clinic at 212-543-5739. If you are not in NY, you could consider calling the National Eating Disorders Association, a national referral network, at 1-800-931-2237 or visit their website Good luck. Robyn Sysko, PhD