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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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 The program will be offered to patients with chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart and gastrointestinal disease, depression, eating disorders and substance use disorders. Jayne O'donnell And Shari Rudavsky, USA TODAY, "Loneliness, poor health reported far more among young people than even those over 72," 1 May 2018 No fee is charged, but a donation will be collected for the NotMyKid non-profit to help kids with life issues, including substance abuse, bullying, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders and depression/self injury. Wendy Killeen, azcentral, "Teacher walkout: Where parents can take kids around Phoenix for camp, daycare," 20 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, many thinner folks feel the need to lie about their weight in front of other folks, afraid they'll be accused of bragging or, much worse, having an eating disorder. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Why I Started Posting My Weight on Social Media," 31 Aug. 2016 Pro-eating disorder groups and blogs have always been online. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Pro-Eating Disorder Posts Evade Filters on Social Media," 13 June 2018 The 2008 Miss America had an eating disorder before joining the pageant and hoped her win would help her promote a healthy body image among girls. NBC News, "Setback for women or long overdue? Former Miss Americas on end of swimsuit competition," 6 June 2018 Some 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. will have an eating disorder at some point, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands, will place alert label on others," 15 Jan. 2018 Liz Everett is an Orlando-area stylist who regularly taps emotional release massage to help combat depression, trauma and an eating disorder. Katie Parsons,, "Somatic massage helps with pain, trauma," 29 June 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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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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