Repeated episodes of binge eating with an associated sense of loss of control over eating during the episode.
Repeated use of inappropriate behaviors to prevent weight gain or to reverse it, such as:
Misuse of laxatives, diet pills, or diuretics (water pills)
Both binge eating and inappropriate behaviors occur at least two times per week for at least three months.
Self-esteem is overly influenced by weight or shape.
Not meeting the criteria for anorexia nervosa.
Subtypes of Bulimia Nervosa
Purging: engaging in self-induced vomiting or misusing diet pills, laxatives, or diuretics to compensate for the effects of binge eating
Nonpurging: fasting or excessive exercise to compensate for the effects of binge eating
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