bulimia

/byooh lim"ee euh, -lee"mee euh, booh-, beuh-/, n.
1. Also called hyperphagia. Pathol. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger.
2. Also called binge-purge syndrome, bulimia nervosa /nerr voh"seuh/. Psychiatry. a habitual disturbance in eating behavior mostly affecting young women of normal weight, characterized by frequent episodes of grossly excessive food intake followed by self-induced vomiting to avert weight gain. Cf. anorexia nervosa.
Also, boulimia.
[1350-1400; ME < NL < Gk boulimía extreme hunger, equiv. to bou- intensive prefix (deriv. of bou-, s. of boûs OX) + lim(ós) hunger + -ia -IA]

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Eating disorder, mostly in females, in which excessive concern with weight and body shape leads to binge eating followed by induced vomiting.

It usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood and is associated with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Bulimia can have serious medical complications, such as dental decay, stomach rupture, and dehydration, and can be fatal. Treatment may include psychotherapy. Unlike those with anorexia nervosa, most bulimics remain close to their proper weight.

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