The A-Z of Eating Disorders


Written by Emma Cave
01 Monday 01st June 2009


A is for…anorexia

A classic, and with good reason. Think Calista Flockhart, who made the disease her own and ensured a seemingly endless series of Ally McBeal (below) thanks to the publicity her nine year old’s body attracted. The rules are simple: only eat when it’s absolutely necessary, i.e. you think your heart may be about to stop.

B is for…bulimia

The wild child finds a kindred spirit in the excesses of bulimia. If you enjoy mercilessly overloading your digestive system and then purging it all away with a good vom, this is the disorder for you. Sharon Osbourne and John Prescott are huge fans, and both have seen their autobiographies enjoy runaway success as a result.

C is for…compulsive over-eating

Easily confused with old-fashioned greed, but much more complex, the compulsive over-eater aims to drown unpleasant feelings in an unremitting sea of calories, which leaves them feeling full but never satisfied. Great if you don’t favour denial, Geri Halliwell has managed to keep a career afloat thanks to being photographed leaving various Over-Eaters Anonymous meetings.

D is for…disordered eating habits

Covers just about every compulsion or avoidance, from only eating at certain times of day to exclusively consuming foods of one colour. A great example is Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, who finally managed to wrestle the spotlight away from Cheryl Cole by being spotted weighing her food in a restaurant.

G is for…gymorexic

If the thought of obsessive compulsive exercise makes you feel sick (and not in a good way) then look away now. But if the idea of pumping iron for a minimum of 2-3 hours a day doesn’t phase you, then sign yourself up.

H is for…hunger strike

Why eat next-to-nothing when you can eat nothing? A hunger strike is the most effective way to lose weight whilst taking a political stand. Favoured by stars such as Mia Farrow (left), who recently lost 13lbs in just 12 days in her support for starving African children or something.


O is for…orthorexia nervosa

An obsession with eating only healthy types of foods and an overwhelming desire to be totally pure. Think Gwyneth Paltrow without the tedious yoga sessions. You’ll look fab, you’ll feel superior and because this is a relatively new condition, you’ll set a noticeable trend that they’ll all be scrambling to follow.

R is for…rumination syndrome

The regurgitation of food after every meal, without the unpleasantness of actually vomming, this takes a bit of practice, but is quick, convenient and won’t ruin your shoes. The secret to Kate Moss’s greyhound physique?


T is for… tummy stapling

For those with the will power of a jam donut. Don't try this one at home folks… See recent claims that it halts the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes.

Tummy stapling


PSST! Over-familiar with the above? Then why not develop one of these previously unknown disorders.

Spamorexia: retro chic and a war time waistline is achieved by consuming nothing but spam

Combustive over-eating: set fire to your food before eating it

Spontaneous bilging: never prepare or order your own food, survive off occasional mouthfuls of whatever others are eating.

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  • Guest: jnbaxtor11
    Sat 24 - Dec - 2011, 00:48
    How about NOT using a highly PHOTOSHOPPED image as the lead to your article? As if the article itself wasn't bad enough, the inclusion of a model, whose image has been digitally altered without her or the photographer's permission, is just the penultimate of journalistic laziness. It's crass shock-tactics, and a total waste of bandwidth.