What is eating?

  • (noun): The act of consuming food.
    Synonyms: feeding


Eating (also known as consuming) is the ingestion of food to provide for all organisms their nutritional or medicinal needs, particularly for energy and growth. Animals and other heterotrophs must eat in order to survive: carnivores eat other animals, herbivores eat plants, omnivores consume a mixture of both plant and animal matter, and detritivores eat detritus. Fungi digest organic matter outside of their bodies as opposed to animals that digest their food inside their bodies. For humans, eating is an activity of daily living.

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Eating - Disorders
... Physiologically, eating is generally triggered by hunger, but there are numerous physical and psychological conditions that can affect appetite and disrupt normal ... problems, and numerous other illnesses and eating disorders ... If eating and drinking is not possible, as is often the case when recovering from surgery, alternatives are enteral nutrition and parenteral nutrition ...
Mental Disorders Diagnosed In Childhood - Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood - Etiology
... of factors that could potentially contribute to the development of feeding and eating disorders of infancy or early childhood ... Factors- a chemical imbalance effecting the child's appetite could cause a feeding or eating disorder ... in oral-sensory, oral-motor, and swallowing can impact the child's eating ability and illicit a feeding or eating disorder ...
Man Eating Bugs - Book Summary
... The book talks about eating insects and how to harvest them ... The insects in the book include Theraphosa blondi (a bird-eating tarantula), jumil stinkbugs, witchetty grub, and silkworms ... recommends that people who are new to insect eating start with insects that crisp up well when roasted and avoiding things like worms, which are too ...
Mollusca - A "generalized Mollusc" - Eating, Digestion, and Excretion
... Molluscs' mouths also contain glands that secrete slimy mucus, to which the food sticks ... Beating cilia (tiny "hairs") drive the mucus towards the stomach, so the mucus forms a long string called a "food string" ...
Man Eating Bugs
... Man Eating Bugs The Art and Science of Eating Insects is a non-fiction book by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio ...

Famous quotes containing the word eating:

    May they turn sour. May many mean things
    happen upon them, no shepherds, no dogs,
    a blight of the skin, a mange of the wool,
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    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    Hail, hail, plump paunch, O the founder of taste
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    Devourer of broiled, baked, roasted or sod,
    And emptier of cups, be they even or odd;
    All which have now made thee so wide i’ the waist
    As scarce with no pudding thou art to be laced;
    But eating and drinking until thou dost nod,
    Thou break’st all thy girdles, and break’st forth a god.
    Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

    That anger can be expressed through words and non-destructive activities; that promises are intended to be kept; that cleanliness and good eating habits are aspects of self-esteem; that compassion is an attribute to be prized—all these lessons are ones children can learn far more readily through the living example of their parents than they ever can through formal instruction.
    Fred Rogers (20th century)