What Is It?
The main characteristics of the eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, are
- Repetitive binge eating.
- Compensatory behavior to prevent weight gain.
- Exaggerated preoccupied with body shape and weight.
During a binge, a person eats large quantities of food in a relatively short time, regardless of hunger. Binge eating is defined only in part by food quantity. A more important feature is the person's state of mind: During a binge, the person with bulimia feels out of control of the eating and cannot stop it.