eating disorder


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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Fashion’s unrealistic beauty standards and the below-size-zero samples often used by designers have made for a perilous working environment in which eating disorders run rampant and agencies encourage thinness no matter the cost. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Models Get Real About Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Size Discrimination," 9 Apr. 2019 It was largely based on my own experience with eating disorders and the treatment process. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Anissa Gray's 'The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls' Is #ReadWithMC's March Pick," 25 Feb. 2019 I'vr seen as young as 6 years old and males with eating disorders for so many different reasons. Jay Betsill, star-telegram, "Before she was Miss USA or even Miss Nebraska, she was a Horned Frog," 29 May 2018 But that stereotype doesn't line up with many experiences people have with eating disorders. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment," 20 Feb. 2019 The following contains discussion of eating disorders that some readers may find triggering. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""iCarly" Actor Jennette McCurdy Writes Essay About Dealing With an Eating Disorder," 9 Mar. 2019 According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives in America alone. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "5 Body Positive Influencers Share How They Learned to Love Their Bodies," 26 Feb. 2019 The woman had been suffering from an eating disorder and was apparently suffering from a seizure when police arrived at the home, the station reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Former 'ER' actress Vanessa Marquez fatally shot during incident with officers: report," 31 Aug. 2018 David Livingston/Getty Images To most people, to be anorexic is to have a debilitating disease, an eating disorder. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kardashian’s sisters said she looked anorexic. She took it as a compliment.," 3 Aug. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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

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