Carrie Arnold's post on "Almost" anorexia is what I'd say on the topic if I had her writing talent and wit, so I refer you there for that.
We have a problem in this field because we all go out and do our advocacy without having central principles and understandings between us. Some of us believe EDNOS is the same as "disordered eating." Some eschew labels altogether and just want attention to anything related to eating and body image. Some see anorexia as a narrow diagnosis and others expand it to cover anything similar.
Any criticism of this language problem can come off as being divisive or mechanistic, but I really believe it is at the core of why this field lacks common ground to share.
As a result, our arguments about why we use certain words and what we find most important to talk about or NOT say become criticisms of one another.
One approach would be that we all stay silent. Well, that won't work.
Another would be only express agreement. Dishonest.
We could form groups and bully others into saying nothing, or just shout louder than one another... no.
More talk among us would help. I find that those who disagree with me in this field rarely know me well, or have a clear grasp of what I believe or why. I make it my business to understand the thinking and disagreement of others. I welcome those conversations.
My heart falls when I seen new terms added, or current terms used fuzzily. I don't buy the idea that all advocacy is helpful and that any attention to the issue of EDs is good.
Until we start having these conversations among us, we will not present a united voice to the public. The solution is knowing one another and talking and listening and finding common principles where we can.
I agree with Carrie that "almost" anorexia is a problem on several levels. More worrying, however, is the underlying lack of agreement in the field that leads to these problems.