eating disorder

noun

Definition of eating disorder 

: any of several psychological disorders (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia) characterized by serious disturbances of eating behavior

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Others develop eating disorders, problems with trust and unresolved anger, in some cases against their parents. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump lost a battle on family separations, but his immigration war continues," 21 June 2018 This helpless feeling can have lasting effects, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harming behaviors like cutting. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Seventeen, "Girls Are Sexually Harassed In School All The Time and No One Is Doing Anything About It," 30 May 2018 These are people who have to read and watch objectionable material of every stripe and then make hard calls – deciding, for instance, if a video promotes eating disorders or merely seeks to help people. Barbary Ortutay, The Christian Science Monitor, "In new move, Facebook publishes guidelines on inappropriate content," 24 Apr. 2018 Under the new guidelines, Twitter accounts that tweet or direct message users to encourage suicide, eating disorders or any type of self-harm can be punished. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "New Twitter Rules Target People Encouraging Self-Harm," 22 Feb. 2018 Deadly diagnosis Eating disorders also are the most deadly psychiatric diagnoses, said Dr. Ingrid Barrera, director of the eating disorders program at the University of Miami, worse killers than depression or schizophrenia. Elizabeth Koh And Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "She's starving to death — and public health agencies can't or won't stop it | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Other emotional disorders also were far more prevalent among trans and gender nonconforming youths, including anxiety, eating disorders, and, especially troubling, suicidal thoughts. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Transgender kids vulnerable to bullying, long-term depression, large studies find," 16 Apr. 2018 There needs to be more education in schools, because that's where eating disorders start. Brie Schwartz, Redbook, "For The First Time Ever, Sports Illustrated Will Be Featuring a Plus-Size Model," 4 Feb. 2015 Katrina Howard improved significantly after her first stay in an eating disorder treatment program, run by UNC-Chapel Hill, in 2014. Elizabeth Koh And Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "She's starving to death — and public health agencies can't or won't stop it | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018

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eating disorder

noun

Medical Definition of eating disorder 

: any of several psychological disorders (as anorexia nervosa or bulimia) characterized by serious disturbances of eating behavior

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