cachexia - definition and synonyms

  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    weight loss and general weakness caused by chronic disease

    Apparently dieting is useless for weight loss because we're naturally selected to survive famine. We can lose a chunk once in a lifetime, but the body cunningly adjusts to this self-induced cachexia and the next time we try, it simply won't work.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/01/2012