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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

eat′ing disor`der(n.)

  1. any of various disorders, as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, characterized by severe disturbances in eating habits.

    Category: Pathology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eating disorder(noun)

    a disorder of the normal eating routine


  1. eating disorder(Noun)

    any psychological disorder characterized by abnormal eating habits


  1. Eating disorder

    Eating disorders are conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual's physical and mental health. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most common specific forms in the United Kingdom. Other types of eating disorders include binge eating disorder and eating disorder not otherwise specified. Bulimia nervosa is a disorder characterized by binge eating and purging. Purging can include self-induce vomiting, over-exercising, and the usage of diuretics, enemas, and laxatives. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by extreme food restriction to the point of self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Though primarily thought of as affecting females, eating disorders affect males as well. An estimated 10 – 15% of people with eating disorders are males.. Although eating disorders are increasing all over the world among both men and women, there is evidence to suggest that it is women in the Western world who are at the highest risk of developing them and the degree of westernization increases the risk. Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder. The skill to comprehend the central processes of appetite has increased tremendously since leptin was discovered, and the skill to observe the functions of the brain as well. Interactions between motivational, homeostatic and self-regulatory control processes are involved in eating behaviour, which is a key component in eating disorders.


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