Atypical anorexia is a disorder classified by exhibiting all of the symptoms of anorexia without being underweight. Atypical anorexia falls under OSFED or other specified feeding or eating disorders, previously known as EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified). When I was sick I did not want to seek treatment because my BMI wasn’t technically underweight and I thought my concerns wouldn’t be taken seriously. But a person can have an eating disorder regardless of their size, shape, or weight. Also BMI is Bullshit, but I didn’t know that then.
Due to the weight stigma surrounding anorexia a person may think, I am not sick enough to have an eating disorder, because they are a “normal” weight. This is a grave misunderstanding that can prevent those who are struggling from seeking out the appropriate help needed for recovery.
Please remember that weight is not an essential criteria for an eating disorder. We need to challenge the weight stigma surrounding deadly diseases so that more people feel okay speaking out about their struggles.
I fear this happens to countless people, specifically women who have disordered relationships to their bodies and food after being brainwashed by diet culture. You can be a normal weight and still be struggling with an eating disorder. There is no one type of way to look if you are sick. If you have found yourself struggling with irregular eating patterns or abnormal thoughts when it comes to your body and food, be sure to talk with someone you trust.
You are not alone, you are not being dramatic, you do not need to look a certain way to be suffering, and you can recover.