Scarlett O’Hara syndrome
A fanciful term referring either to:
(1) Pretentious eating habits when a person is in the public eye, or
(2) A peer-group accepted eating disorder, in which young female socialites attend multiple functions in a short period and self-induce emesis to control weight*.
The syndrome is named after Scarlett O’Hara, the fictional heroine in the American Civil War novel, Gone with the Wind, who over-ate in private, so she would appear lady-like when she later ate daintily in public; this contrasts with pathological over-eating–the binge-purge syndrome, which occurs behind closed doors, and serves no known social expediency
*Which of the two is correct?