bulimia [bu-le´me-ah] (Gr.)
episodic binge eating usually followed by behavior designed to negate the caloric intake of the ingested food, most commonly purging behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or laxative abuse but sometimes other methods such as excessive exercise or fasting. While most commonly associated with bulimia nervosa
, it may also occur in other disorders, such as anorexia nervosa
. adj., adj
an eating disorder
characterized by episodic binge eating followed by behaviors designed to prevent weight gain, including purging, fasting, and excessive exercise. Episodes of binge eating involve intake of quantifiably excessive amounts of food within a short, discrete period as well as a sense of loss of control over food intake during these periods. The person with bulimia nervosa has a preoccupying pathological fear of becoming overweight, feels an unusually strong tie between self-worth and body shape and size, is aware that the eating pattern is abnormal, and frequently experiences feelings of self-recrimination. In contrast to persons with anorexia nervosa
, patients with bulimia nervosa tend to be somewhat older and more socially inclined, and to have fewer obsessive characteristics. Bulimia nervosa differs from anorexia nervosa in maintenance of a normal or near normal body weight; it is not diagnosed in the presence of anorexia nervosa.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
a chronic morbid disorder involving repeated and secretive episodic bouts of eating characterized by uncontrolled rapid ingestion of large quantities of food over a short period of time (binge eating), followed by self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or vigorous exercise to prevent weight gain; often accompanied by feelings of guilt, depression, or self-disgust.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
bulimia (bo͝o-lē′mē-ə, -lĭm′ē-ə, bo͞o-, byo͞o-)
1. An eating disorder characterized by episodic binge eating followed by feelings of shame, depression, and self-condemnation. It occurs chiefly in young women of normal and near-normal weight and is often associated with measures taken to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, or using laxatives. Also called bulimarexia, bulimia nervosa.
2. Excessive or insatiable appetite.
bu·li′mic adj. & n.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.A compulsive eating disorder characterised by binge eating, frequent fasting, laxative use, induced vomiting, and inappropriate compensation to prevent weight gain. Bulimia nervosa usually affects women at a slightly later onset—age 17–25—than anorexia nervosa, but shares its preoccupation with food; bulimics may consume enormous quantities of food, in a 'binge', followed by self-induced emesis, a 'purge'. Obesity is not usually seen in bulemics who may be normal weight to slightly overweight. Bulimia may alternate with anorexia nervosa or occur in combination as in bulemarexia. Bulimia is either 1 degree or a component of other diseases—e.g., schizophrenia, Klüver-Bucy, and Kleine-Levin syndromes; bulimics may have concomitant impulsive behavior—alcohol and drug abuse, poor peer and parental relations, sexual promiscuity; prostitution and stealing may be required to financially support the eating ‘addiction’
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bulimia Bulimia nervosa Psychiatry A compulsive eating disorder characterized by binge eating, frequent fasting, laxative use, induced vomiting, and inappropriate compensation to prevent weight gain; BN usually affects ♀ at a slightly later–age 17-25 onset than anorexia nervosa, but shares its preoccupation with food; bulimics may consume enormous quantities of food, in a 'binge', followed by self-induced emesis, a 'purge'; bulimia is either 1º, or a component of other diseases–eg, schizophrenia, OCs, Klüver-Bucy, and Kleine-Levin syndromes; bulimics may have concomitant impulsive behavior–alcohol and drug abuse, poor peer and parental relations; sexual promiscuity, prostitution, and stealing may be required to financially support the eating 'addiction'; bulimia affects 1.3% of ♀ and 0.1% of ♂; bulimics may have imparied cholecystokinin secretion which may response to tricyclic antidepressants. See Binge. Cf Scarlet O'Hara 'syndrome. '.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
bu·lim·i·a ner·vo·sa (bŭ-lĭm'ē-ă nĕr-vō'să)
A chronic morbid disorder involving repeated and secretive episodic bouts of eating characterized by uncontrolled rapid ingestion of large quantities of food over a short period of time (binge eating), followed by self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or vigorous exercise to prevent weight gain; often accompanied by feelings of guilt, depression, or self-disgust.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
bulimia An uncontrollable, compulsive eating disorder, usually affecting young women who regularly eat to the point of bloating and nausea. 15,000 calories may be taken in a few hours. Binges are followed by induced vomiting and deliberate purgation. People with this disorder often show damage to the teeth from stomach acid and scars on the fingers from tooth trauma occurring while inducing vomiting. The most effective treatment, as recommended by NICE, is cognitive behaviour therapy. Compare ANOREXIA NERVOSA.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
An eating disorder characterized by binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behavior, such as vomiting, misusing laxatives, or excessive exercise.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
bu·lim·i·a ner·vo·sa (bŭ-lē'mē-ă nĕr-vō'să)
Chronic morbid disorder involving repeated and secretive episodic bouts of eating characterized by uncontrolled rapid ingestion of large quantities of food over a short period of time, followed by self-induced vomiting and other means. Synonym(s): bulimia
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
Patient discussion about bulimia
Q. BINGE DRINKING can binge drinking cause death?
A. Yes. Excessive immediate alcohol consumption (i.e. drinking a lot of alcohol during a short time) can lead to a coma and death. Moreover, even smaller amounts may cause death indirectly through risk taking (i.e. RECKLESS) behavior such as driving while drinking, fights etc.
Q. i tend to binge on food and i love nuts!does it pose any health danger if you eat too much of it? i just love spanish peanut and a mixture of cashew,almond & macademia.i eat a lot of it everyday.
A. Binge eating is not very healthy, because you tend to eat a lot of everything without even realizing it, and usually it is not all healthy food. About nuts, peanuts, etc. these contain very high amount of fat, and therefore a 100 grams of nuts is equal to 100 grams of oil! They have about 750 calories per 100 grams in them. No doubt they are healthy and the fat in them is saturated (rich in "good" cholesterol), however eating a lot of it will make you gain weight! You should eat about 6-7 nuts a day and that would be enough, because I assume you consume fat in other ways too (oil in cooking, etc.).
Q. I think I am a Bipolar.Help me to diagnose my bipolar disorder. Hi, I am Andrew 14. I think I am a Bipolar, I have really bad phases of depression inc. Self harm bulimia and suicidal thoughts as well as phases of hyper activity and huge screaming rows . Can anybody help me to diagnose my bipolar disorder?
A. Thank you for sharing Andrew,More discussions about bulimia
A self diagnosis will not be of any help to you. If you believe you may be suffering with bipolar disorder it is time to make an appointment to see your doctor and ask for a referral to a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist will be able to properly diagnose you and get the proper treatements started. I would look into councelling as well. It helps to combine the medications with theropy, both individual and treatement. I wish you all the best.
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