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Is there a word to describe a person who gets hungry easily? If there is, are there any antonyms for it?

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Someone with a fast metabolism generally gets hungry more easily, as s/he burns up consumed calories more quickly than does someone with a slow metabolism.

You could describe someone who eats small amounts frequently as a grazer or a snacker.

(See also: Teenager.)

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+1, though I've heard high metabolism far more often. –  Daniel Nov 25 '11 at 20:45
    
Marked as answer. I think it is quite hard to have a single word as mention by Robert Cartaino but I still OK with the word fast metabolism. –  Larry Morries Nov 29 '11 at 7:00
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Merriam Webster defines ravenous as 'being very greedy or eager for food.' Also, gluttonous refers to a person who overeats.

Gourmand is sometimes used as a synonym for 'glutton.'

Bulimia refers to an eating disorder characterized by consuming large amounts of food. This links to an explanation of bulimic.

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In modern usage, bulimia tends to refer to a disorder in which a person binges and purges, rather than just binging. –  Polynomial Nov 25 '11 at 10:02
    
:-) didn't know about the purging- thankfully, I'm not bulimic, and nobody I know is, either- but thanks for sharing! –  Autoresponder Nov 25 '11 at 10:45
    
+1 Never thought that can use the word ravenous to describe a person who is hungry easily. –  Larry Morries Nov 29 '11 at 6:59
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