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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder marked by recurrent episodes of binge eating (i.e., episodes of eating during which there is a perceived loss of control and an objectively large amount of food eaten in a short period of time) coupled with inappropriate compensatory behavior (e.g., self-induced vomiting or laxative misuse). An objectively large amount of food is generally viewed as a portion that is at least 3 times the typical portion size for that food. Bulimia nervosa tends to be a secretive eating disorder, marked by feelings of shame associated with binge eating, and the utilization of compensatory strategies to counter the effects of a binge, namely fear of weight gain and a feeling of fullness. Individuals with bulimia nervosa, similar to individuals diagnosed ...

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