Bulimia

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.

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