The worrying world of eating disorder wannabesBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39328.510880.59 (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:516
- Deborah Cohen, features editor, BMJ
I first heard about “wannarexia” while sitting on the bus. A group of teenage girls on their way into central London to go shopping were dissecting each of their classmates. One girl in particular received marked censure. “She's such a wannarexic,” said one. The others all agreed. Forced to admit that I was out of the loop with teen jargon I turned to the internet, the bible of youth trends.
Wannarexia is a pejorative term and, says Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com), is “an imaginary disease most commonly found amongst preteen to teenage, overweight females who claim to have the eating disorder anorexia, …