bulimia nervosa

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Related to binge eating and purging: binge eating disorder

bulimia ner·vo·sa


[New Latin būlīmia nervōsa : būlīmia, bulimia + nervōsa, feminine of nervōsus, nervous.]
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Bulimia nervosa is characterised by binge eating and purging, typically by vomiting, taking a laxative or a diuretic.
The researchers noted that the risk factors for the development of binge eating and purging differ by sex and age group in females and that maternal history of an eating disorder is a risk factor only in younger teenaged girls.
A trigger for bulimia would be anything that prompts or maintains binge eating and purging (Wasson, 2003); a substance abuse trigger is any situation that increases the urge to use a substance (Hester & Miller).
The goals of CBT are first to have the patient become his or her own detective and - via self-monitoring - start to understand their patterns of binge eating and purging and recognize and anticipate the cues (triggers) for their unhealthy behaviours," Bulik added.