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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Recent Examples on the Web There are not-so-subtle differences in gender effects related to eating disorders. Hope Corrigan, Quartz, "The damaging double standard behind intermittent fasting," 25 Nov. 2019 According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders kill someone every 62 minutes as a result of suicide or medical complications., "Model positive behavior around food and weight.," 2 Nov. 2019 This week Skylar entered into an eating disorder treatment program. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "The case against Brooke Skylar Richardson," 28 Sep. 2019 Forever 21 didn’t cause my eating disorder, but the inconsistent sizing and overly airbrushed models surely didn’t help my recovery or body image. Ellen Ricks, Teen Vogue, "Forever 21 Is Now Bankrupt. Here's What I Learned Shopping There.," 9 Oct. 2019 An obsessive focus on those metrics can even harm workers who have disabilities or eating disorders, or who just don’t want to think about their bodies on the job. Lena Solow, The New Republic, "The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs," 2 Sep. 2019 Malcolm recalls booking the most work as her eating disorder reached its height. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Victoria's Secret model details struggle with anorexia, says her hair began to fall out," 7 Aug. 2019 Most of the major telemedicine providers offer treatment options for issues such as addictions, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, insomnia, anxiety and postpartum depression. Ron Hurtibise,, "Is forced telemedicine the future of healthcare?," 28 June 2019 This former student has cycled in and out of treatment centers (for eating disorders, suicidality, etc.). Amy Dickinson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Amy: Teacher considers housing former student," 27 June 2019

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Eating disorder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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