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Question: What are the characteristics of the bulimic patient?

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Answer: The essential characteristic of bulimics is the combination of excessive food intake with over-concern about weight gain. Bulimics are not willing to be happily fat. They want to overeat and they want to have normal weight. Unsurprisingly, they are often impulsive, rebellious, and emotionally labile. Many or most bulimics have normal body weight but […]

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Question: Is bulimia nervosa simply a variant of anorexia nervosa?

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Answer: There is serious disagreement on whether bulimia is a subtype of anorexia nervosa or whether it represents a distinct pattern. Most bulimics have an approach-avoidance relationship with food. They want to eat but are terrified of gaining weight past normal. This is quite different from the typical food avoidance of the anorectic. The bulimic […]

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