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 The fully virtual platform, which launched earlier this month, is designed to make FBT accessible for anyone who has an eating disorder. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Vogue, "Most People With Eating Disorders Never Get Treatment—This New Online Platform Makes Support More Accessible," 24 Feb. 2021 Fitness coach Ben Smith, who was one of the final two contestants, talked openly about overcoming an eating disorder and attempting suicide twice after feeling overwhelmed from breaking his back, leaving the Army, and struggling financially. Jessica Herndon, Marie Claire, "Tayshia Adams Won't Back Down Now," 24 Feb. 2021 According to the National Eating Disorders Association, binge eating is the most common eating disorder. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "How Twin Cities parents can guide kids through food shortages," 18 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile others with bulimia and binge-eating disorder reported more bingeing urges and episodes. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Scientific American, "COVID-19-Era Isolation is Making Dangerous Eating Disorders Worse," 26 Aug. 2020 Kathryn Eron, Ashlie Watters, and their colleagues at Denver Health have found that weighted blankets help reduce anxiety in patients with an eating disorder. Popular Science, "What the science actually says about weighted blankets," 26 Jan. 2021 Lovato, who has been open about having an eating disorder, is also an executive producer, alongside Martin, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills and Scooter Braun, James Shin and Scott Manson of SB Projects. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, "Demi Lovato to Star in NBC Comedy," 25 Jan. 2021 Demi Lovato also assured fans that recovering from an eating disorder is possible, and her experience is proof. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Demi Lovato Celebrates Her Stretch Marks in Candid Post About Her Eating Disorder Recovery," 25 Dec. 2020 Grosz has built up a different mindset around exercising while recovering from an eating disorder. Sammy Gibbons, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terms like the 'quarantine 15' are helping drive an influx of new patients to Wisconsin eating disorder clinics," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of eating disorder

1961, in the meaning defined above

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5 Mar 2021

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“Eating disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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