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#1 jpi332

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Posted 20 July 2021 - 01:36 PM

It seems like they’re trying to make up all of these disorders and make them sound like anorexia by adding a different beginning to it, when it doesn’t even make sense. Anorexia is an eating disorder defined by by low calorie intake, “rexia” isn’t just a suffix you add to any bad eating behavior, but now we have pop psychologists making terms like drunkorexia, orthorexia, ect. I’ve even heard “tanorexia”, for people obsessed with tanning beds. It’s almost insensitive seeming, and linguistically it’s just stupid because anorexia is a full word that means lack of appetite. Imagine if they did the same with bipolar disorder-everything that involves mood swings ends with “olar”. It would sound really fucking stupid.


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 01:41 PM

I do think drunkorexia makes sense, because if you replace food with alcohol thats clearly an eating disorder behavior. "Tanorexia" and other "rexias" have nothing to do with eating behaviors, body image, weight, or body dysmorphia so that shouldnt be a thing in my opinion.
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 01:57 PM

I do think drunkorexia makes sense, because if you replace food with alcohol thats clearly an eating disorder behavior. "Tanorexia" and other "rexias" have nothing to do with eating behaviors, body image, weight, or body dysmorphia so that shouldnt be a thing in my opinion.


The drunk one seems like more of a substance abuse thing though? Like from what I read it was eating less so you could get drunk quick


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 02:16 PM

“Drunkorexia” does sound insensitive, like magazine cover dumb, and it is not a recognized disorder. More like a term for a behavior an eating disordered person is using to lose weight. It should be recognized, but differently.

“Orthorexia” has not struck me as insensitive, although now that I looked up some of the roots of these words... it does not make total sense. Again, more of an unhealthy obsession that crosses over into an existing eating disorder. I am glad doctors at least take that seriously these days, though.
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 02:16 PM

The drunk one seems like more of a substance abuse thing though? Like from what I read it was eating less so you could get drunk quick


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It honestly blurs the lines between eating disorder behaviors and substance abuse. I dont drunkorexia is a diagnosis/subtype, but I think orthorexic is? I could be wrong.
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 02:30 PM

Apparently there’s also “megarexia” which is when overweight/obese people don’t see themselves as big despite their big bmi and tendency to eat big amounts of food / junk foods lol
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 02:31 PM

9 months ago psych 2 go made a video of lesser known eating disorders, 50% were accurate and like 50% is them just adding -rexia to the end of words
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 02:37 PM

It seems like they’re trying to make up all of these disorders and make them sound like anorexia by adding a different beginning to it, when it doesn’t even make sense. Anorexia is an eating disorder defined by by low calorie intake, “rexia” isn’t just a suffix you add to any bad eating behavior, but now we have pop psychologists making terms like drunkorexia, orthorexia, ect. I’ve even heard “tanorexia”, for people obsessed with tanning beds. It’s almost insensitive seeming, and linguistically it’s just stupid because anorexia is a full word that means lack of appetite. Imagine if they did the same with bipolar disorder-everything that involves mood swings ends with “olar”. It would sound really fucking stupid.


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I get your point but they already do that with bipolar. Like when people say omg this weather is so bipolar.

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Posted 20 July 2021 - 03:20 PM

If you break it down, the word “anorexia” just means “no appetite” (with the prefix an- meaning without, and orexis meaning appetite.) The word orthorexia makes perfect sense to me, with “ortho” meaning straight or correct (as in orthodox, for example) and “orthorexia” being a fixation with eating how they perceive to be the “correct” way. Other words, like bigorexia, make less sense from an etymology standpoint - but bigorexia IS a real disorder, more accurately known as muscle dysmorphia, and can fall under the ED umbrella. I think “tanorexia” is a weird one because it doesn’t pertain to eating or appetite at all and therefore the “orexis” root word doesn’t serve any purpose. But from what I understand, people use it to indicate a compulsive or addictive behavior, coupled with a skewed perception of their appearance, similar to what is common in EDs. I don’t really find it offensive personally, it just indicates a lack of understanding of etymology.
I also use “junkorexia” to describe my eating habits because my appetite consists of food that isn’t particularly healthy - but in quantities that are restrictive, and I have also been diagnosed with Anorexia. It’s mostly a joke. I think most people realize “junkorexia” isn’t an official diagnosis lol let alone something like “tanorexia”. I would however argue that some “tanorexics” may be suffering from some kind of BDD.
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 03:25 PM

If you break it down, the word “anorexia” just means “no appetite” (with the prefix an- meaning without, and orexis meaning appetite.) The word orthorexia makes perfect sense to me, with “ortho” meaning straight or correct (as in orthodox, for example) and “orthorexia” being a fixation with eating how they perceive to be the “correct” way. Other words, like bigorexia, make less sense from an etymology standpoint - but bigorexia IS a real disorder, more accurately known as muscle dysmorphia, and can fall under the ED umbrella. I think “tanorexia” is a weird one because it doesn’t pertain to eating or appetite at all and therefore the “orexis” root word doesn’t serve any purpose. But from what I understand, people use it to indicate a compulsive or addictive behavior, coupled with a skewed perception of their appearance, similar to what is common in EDs. I don’t really find it offensive personally, it just indicates a lack of understanding of etymology.
I also use “junkorexia” to describe my eating habits because my appetite consists of food that isn’t particularly healthy - but in quantities that are restrictive, and I have also been diagnosed with Anorexia. It’s mostly a joke. I think most people realize “junkorexia” isn’t an official diagnosis lol let alone something like “tanorexia”. I would however argue that some “tanorexics” may be suffering from some kind of BDD.


This is very well put, thank you! I feel like words get easily lost in this everchanging internet culture where serious things lose their meaning. For example describing people really enjoying something unconventional as ”autistic”. It’s offensive by nature to the sufferers but it’s the internet so who cares kind of thing :/
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 03:33 PM

This is very well put, thank you! I feel like words get easily lost in this everchanging internet culture where serious things lose their meaning. For example describing people really enjoying something unconventional as ”autistic”. It’s offensive by nature to the sufferers but it’s the internet so who cares kind of thing :/

Oof yes, the whole calling someone “autistic” or an “autist” as an insult is so horrible and insensitive. You see that kind of thing a lot in spaces like 4chan and it makes me cringe so hard.
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 04:36 PM

It honestly blurs the lines between eating disorder behaviors and substance abuse. I dont drunkorexia is a diagnosis/subtype, but I think orthorexic is? I could be wrong.


Yeah it seems more like a behavior than a disorder


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 04:39 PM

orthorexia has been a thing for at least 10 years, the other ones are newer 


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 04:40 PM

Apparently there’s also “megarexia” which is when overweight/obese people don’t see themselves as big despite their big bmi and tendency to eat big amounts of food / junk foods lol

Lol, I’ve also heard of reverse dysmorphia.

Another one is “bigorexia”, a dumb name for what is actually known as body dysmorphia or muscular dysmorphia. It’s weird again, because that’s a form of body image issue, not an appetite disorder. Its just people see boil down anorexia as “skinny chick who think she’s fat” so they see a big person who thinks they are slim and think it’s just “opposite anorexia”.


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 04:41 PM

I get your point but they already do that with bipolar. Like when people say omg this weather is so bipolar.

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Yeah but they don’t make extra mental disorders or new words that sound like bipolar.


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 08:49 PM

If you break it down, the word “anorexia” just means “no appetite” (with the prefix an- meaning without, and orexis meaning appetite.) The word orthorexia makes perfect sense to me, with “ortho” meaning straight or correct (as in orthodox, for example) and “orthorexia” being a fixation with eating how they perceive to be the “correct” way. Other words, like bigorexia, make less sense from an etymology standpoint - but bigorexia IS a real disorder, more accurately known as muscle dysmorphia, and can fall under the ED umbrella. I think “tanorexia” is a weird one because it doesn’t pertain to eating or appetite at all and therefore the “orexis” root word doesn’t serve any purpose. But from what I understand, people use it to indicate a compulsive or addictive behavior, coupled with a skewed perception of their appearance, similar to what is common in EDs. I don’t really find it offensive personally, it just indicates a lack of understanding of etymology.
I also use “junkorexia” to describe my eating habits because my appetite consists of food that isn’t particularly healthy - but in quantities that are restrictive, and I have also been diagnosed with Anorexia. It’s mostly a joke. I think most people realize “junkorexia” isn’t an official diagnosis lol let alone something like “tanorexia”. I would however argue that some “tanorexics” may be suffering from some kind of BDD.

It’s weird though because just because something has to do with body dysmorphia it doesn’t mean it’s the same as anorexia, it almost seems like it’s just trying to do a ~quirky~ play on words when they do “tanorexia” or whatever.

“Junkorexia” is kinda sarcastic from what I understand-it’s used by anorexics who only eat junk food and people aren’t trying to make it a new disorder. It’s also kinda a niche thing in anorexia groups, google tanorexia though and a dictionary definition comes up….it has nothing to do with anorexia and is kinda an outside-world term..

With “drunkorexia”, people are trying to make it a disorder, which seems a bit weird. For one, it seems like restricting a bit to save money on alcohol is pretty common, in like college students. It probably isn’t an ideal behavior, but I don’t think that it’s automatically full blown disorder, maybe just disordered. Otherwise, a huge percentage of people would have an ED which seems a bit like normalizing it, they aren’t really that common and not every bad individual behavior= mental disorder that takes over your life. In some cases it can probably be a symptom of alcoholism, but idk about it being a disorder of its own.

Also, imagine your doctor telling you “after careful analysis of your test results, we diagnose you with drunkorexia”. I’d crack up, it’s such a pop psychology term.


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 08:53 PM

9 months ago psych 2 go made a video of lesser known eating disorders, 50% were accurate and like 50% is them just adding -rexia to the end of words


I fucking hate psych2go. All my homies hate psych2go.

Literally, one video was titled “signs someone with depression likes you”. What, people with depression are a monolith now? A different species with a distinct language? And ofc the thumbnail was of a dude in a black hoodie, because black hoodie=depression.


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 09:21 PM

It’s weird though because just because something has to do with body dysmorphia it doesn’t mean it’s the same as anorexia, it almost seems like it’s just trying to do a ~quirky~ play on words when they do “tanorexia” or whatever.
“Junkorexia” is kinda sarcastic from what I understand-it’s used by anorexics who only eat junk food and people aren’t trying to make it a new disorder. It’s also kinda a niche thing in anorexia groups, google tanorexia though and a dictionary definition comes up….it has nothing to do with anorexia and is kinda an outside-world term..
With “drunkorexia”, people are trying to make it a disorder, which seems a bit weird. For one, it seems like restricting a bit to save money on alcohol is pretty common, in like college students. It probably isn’t an ideal behavior, but I don’t think that it’s automatically full blown disorder, maybe just disordered. Otherwise, a huge percentage of people would have an ED which seems a bit like normalizing it, they aren’t really that common and not every bad individual behavior= mental disorder that takes over your life. In some cases it can probably be a symptom of alcoholism, but idk about it being a disorder of its own.
Also, imagine your doctor telling you “after careful analysis of your test results, we diagnose you with drunkorexia”. I’d crack up, it’s such a pop psychology term.
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Yeah Junkorexia is mostly ironic, at least in the way I use the term. It’s a way of saying I am an anorexic who eats junk food, but very little overall. Similarly, I actually thought “drunkorexia” was in the same vein as “junkorexia” in the sense that it’s mostly used in ED spaces, by people who have an ED, to describe specifics of their disorder ie anorexia (or another ED) + alcoholism. Meaning the majority or a large chunk of their calories come from alcohol, and they might fast or eat very little actual food to “make room” for alcohol calories/binge drinking while still technically restricting. Their official diagnosis would not be “drunkorexia” since it’s not an officially recognized ED subtype, but it would likely be some kind of ED (AN or OSFED probably) and maybe also a comorbid substance use disorder. I wasn’t aware of the term being used in a different context like saving money to buy alcohol. I think there actually is a “drunkorexics unite” thread on here btw and that’s the only time I’ve ever heard of it. I don’t really think anyone is trying to make new disorders, either - rather these are just unofficial terms for existing disorders or describing specific behaviors within existing disorders. Like, if you have “bigorexia” you will likely be diagnosed with something like BDD or muscle dysmorphia (which is absolutely a real thing) and perhaps OSFED if it is resulting in disordered eating. I have been in treatment with patients who suffer from this, and they DO have a legitimate and serious ED. There are members on this site who fall in this category as well and could probably explain it better than me.
You’re right that words like “tanorexia” really don’t make sense - BDD ≠ Anorexia, although I understand how someone might be able to draw similarities between EDs and tanning addiction given that BDD and compulsiveness is often present in both.
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 09:48 PM

If you’re talking about randomly pinning rexia on the back of words to address am addiction to something lightheartedly then yeah I think it’s the same thing when everyone capitalized and called every day behavior adhd or ocd Bc it was trendy vernacular lol
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Posted 21 July 2021 - 07:28 AM

Like from what I read it was eating less so you could get drunk quick
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not always. Like in my case, I use alcohol as an appetite suppressant. It’s just a bonus that I can get tipsy on a small amount.


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