My divorce at the age of only 22 was as inevitable as my next bulimic
In 2005 actress Jane Fonda told a conference of teenage girls in the US: "I was bulimic
for 35 years.
tend to respond beautifully to medication, and, in general, if you treat their depression or mood symptoms with medication, the bulimic
symptoms also improve," she said.
may show weight fluctuations associated with binge/purge cycles.
Male anorexics and bulimics
frequently remain in denial by using athletic activity to justify disordered eating behavior.
In the group as a whole, bulimic
behavior gradually diminished during the course of the pregnancy.
* Characteristics: Bulimics
binge, or consume large amounts of food at one time, they try to rid themselves of what they ate by vomiting, over-exercising, or abusing laxatives or diet pills.
(See Kuhn, Schanberg, Field, Symanski,' Zimmerman, Scafidi, & Roberts, 1991, for a description of the procedure.) Although bulimics
show depleted serotonin (Kaye et al., 1984), they are noted to have elevated norepinephrine levels (Robinson, Checkley, & Russell, 1985; Smythe, Bradshaw, & Vining, 1983).
remained largely unchanged 6 months later.
But compulsive overeaters differ from bulimics
in that compulsive overeaters do not purge after a binge.
Although ipecac use is far from epidemic, therapists say that a sizable minority of their bulimic
patients -- people who induce vomiting to purge food after going on a binge or off a diet -- admit to using the substance when they are most desperate and other methods seem inadequate.
In fact, it is worse because, while an alcoholic can manage to avoid alcohol, a bulimic
can't avoid food.