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bulimia:

see eating disorderseating disorders,
in psychology, disorders in eating patterns that comprise four categories: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, rumination disorder, and pica. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation to avoid obesity.
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bulimia

see ANOREXIA NERVOSA.

Bulimia

 

voracious appetite, severe increase in appetite that usually comes on in the form of an attack and is accompanied by tormenting hunger, general weakness, and pain in the epigastrium. Bulimia occurs in some diseases of the central nervous system and the endocrine system and in certain mental illnesses. Treatment consists in attacking the cause.

bulimia

[bə′lēm·ē·ə]
(medicine)
Excessive, insatiable appetite, seen in psychotic states; a symptom of diabetes mellitus and of certain cerebral lesions. Also known as hyperphagia.

bulimia

1. pathologically insatiable hunger, esp when caused by a brain lesion
2. a disorder characterized by compulsive overeating followed by vomiting: sometimes associated with anxiety about gaining weight
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In 2005 actress Jane Fonda told a conference of teenage girls in the US: "I was bulimic for 35 years.
Bulimics 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.
Bulimics 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.
The one thing most bulimics have in common is a low self-esteem and poor self-image.
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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.
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Bulimics remained largely unchanged 6 months later.
But compulsive overeaters differ from bulimics in that compulsive overeaters do not purge after a binge.
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