Remember a time when we didn’t even know there was such a thing as an eating disorder? Now, there are lots of other disorders that have been named by creating a portmanteau word with anorexia. Here are a few of them.
5. Manorexia: anorexia when a man has it. Most anorexics are women and girls, but the condition is growing among men. Dennis Quaid has reported that he developed this after he lost a bunch of weight to play the tubercular Doc Holliday in the movie Wyatt Earp. It’s also apparently common among jockeys, who must keep their weight down.
4. Bigorexia: A body dysmorphic disorder more common to men than to women, it involves an obsession with increasing muscle size to outlandish proportions, using unsafe ways. This image is not photoshopped.
3. Wannarexia: people who claim to be anorexic or wish they were anorexic, because they want to be as thin as anorexics, and they are also under the impression that having anorexia is glamorous and that anorexics get lots of attention. See also “glamorexia” and “fauxlimia.”
2. Nanorexia: a slang term for a fat person who thinks they’re thin so they wear very tight clothing.