eating disorder


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

Examples of eating disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, recently resurfaced clips have shown Franke downplaying the seriousness of eating disorders, blaming rape victims, and criticizing U.S. immigrants alongside Hildebrandt, among other social and political comments that drew the ire of many viewers. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 This can be particularly beneficial for individuals undergoing medical treatments that suppress hunger or those struggling with eating disorders. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Aug. 2023 The update is just one of several steps YouTube has made in recent years to build out its medical misinformation policy, which also prohibits false claims about vaccines and abortions, as well as content that promotes or glorifies eating disorders. Clare Duffy, CNN, 15 Aug. 2023 The trip is a pivotal point in the novels; Charlie’s eating disorder comes into focus for the first time, Nick reveals his fraught relationship with his father, and several new couples emerge. Malia Mendez, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2023 Luckily her school’s athletic program was well-equipped to help Carlson work through her mental health struggles and eating disorder. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 A lot of my struggles came from gender dysphoria and eating disorders, which very much have to do with the physical form. Cat Zhang, Pitchfork, 11 Sep. 2023 As is true for purity culture and eating disorders, decluttering relies primarily on female labor and female shame: Women do the bulk of decluttering, and are most harshly judged for an inadequate effort. Britt Peterson, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023 The actress and singer has bravely spoken up about her mental health struggles (including bipolar disorder), addiction issues, and a previous struggle with an eating disorder. Emily J. Shiffer, Women's Health, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eating disorder was in 1961

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“Eating disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

eating disorder

: any of several disorders (as bulimia) marked by abnormal eating behaviors

Medical Definition

eating disorder

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

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