Drunkorexia: Starving and Boozing

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First there was diabulimia. Now there is drunkorexia - another new and buzzworthy term for some not-so-new behavior.

All are dangerous variations on the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, and have become buzzwords that are popping up on Web sites and blogs, on television and in newspaper articles. As celebrity magazines chronicle the glamorous and the suffering, therapists and a growing number of researchers are trying to treat and understand the conditions.

According to The Morning Show report (featuring our friend Sondra Kronberg, an eating disorders specialist from the National Eating Disorders Association of Long Island), 30% of women ages 18-23 restrict food calories so they can drink more and not gain weight from their alcohol consumption.

All of the women interviewed for the piece (as well as the studio audience) fell into the "Well, duh. Of course I've done that before!" category, which makes us think that "drunkorexia" isn't always just a college phase that girls grow out of. Millions of women are willing to subject themselves to dangerous fad diets, plastic surgery, and speed-laced weight loss pills; we can't say we were surprised to learn that the health consequences of letting large amounts of alcohol absorb directly into the bloodstream seem to be of little concern when compared to the calorie-saving "benefits."

As one aspiring model and self-identified drunkorexic put it, "You want to stay skinny but you want to go out and look good and have fun." And what about the known health risks? "You just try to block it out," she says. Actually, black out is probably more accurate.

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Submitted by Alyssa (not verified) on
Sure it's dangerous and overlooked, then again there is a great deal of real underground illnesses affecting thousands of Americans: http://www.236.com/blog/w/chez_pazienza/touch_me_im_sick_5119.php Drunkorexia isn't the only unhealthy habit turned into trendy clinical sounding word.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Eating nothing and drinking like a fish is the perfect formula for cirrhosis, which, in addition to killing you, makes you look like hell -- bloated belly, yellow skin, spider veins on your face. And, oh yeah -- if you're a man, impotence. A lovely disease.

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