an·orex·ia | \ ˌa-nə-ˈrek-sē-ə , -ˈrek-shə \

Definition of anorexia 

1 : loss of appetite especially when prolonged

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But unlike fake news, users who share pro-eating disorder content could be suffering from a serious illness like anorexia or bulimia. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Pro-Eating Disorder Posts Evade Filters on Social Media," 13 June 2018 An Instagram fitness blogger reveals how veganism and bodybuilding helped her overcome her battle with anorexia and bulimia after her heart began to fail. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "Fitness blogger beats eating disorders via bodybuilding, vegan diet," 15 Jan. 2018 Now, Dove is continuing to be honest about her recovery from anorexia by tweeting with fans who have asked for her advice or noted her as a source of inspiration. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Dove Cameron Opened Up About Eating Disorder Recovery on Twitter," 9 July 2018 No one is suggesting that the majority of women with anorexia also have autism. Maia Szalavitz, Scientific American, "Autism—It's Different in Girls," 1 Mar. 2016 The site included a blog that featured writing from Owens on a variety of topics including anorexia, acne, breakups and dating — and occasionally politics. NBC News, "YouTube tested, Trump approved: How Candace Owens suddenly became the loudest voice on the far right," 23 June 2018 Last year, after Hyland's fluctuating weight sparked anorexia rumors (gotta love internet trolls), the actress told fans via Twitter that her weight loss was purely health related. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Sarah Hyland Is in The Hospital and Shared a Photo of Her Swollen Face," 22 June 2018 Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. Juli Fraga, Washington Post, "With the help of virtual therapists, people with eating disorders tackle anxiety in grocery stores," 20 May 2018 For people who struggle with anorexia-nervosa, for example, calorie-counting can easily become an unhealthy obsession — especially if the calories are right there, in their faces, at every restaurant., "Restaurants Are Now Required By Law To List Calorie Counts — Can We Handle It?," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of anorexia

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anorexia

New Latin, from Greek, from a- + orexis appetite, from oregein

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English Language Learners Definition of anorexia

: a serious physical and emotional illness in which an abnormal fear of being fat leads to very poor eating habits and dangerous weight loss


an·orex·ia | \ ˌan-ə-ˈrek-sē-ə, -ˈrek-shə \

Medical Definition of anorexia 

1 : loss of appetite especially when prolonged

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