Bulimia



Also called hyperphagia. Pathology. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger.
Also called binge-purge syndrome, bulimia nervosa
[nur-voh-suh] /nɜrˈvoʊ sə/ (Show IPA). 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.
Compare anorexia nervosa.
Contemporary Examples

Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life Maya Richard Craven November 16, 2014
How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models Carrie Arnold January 7, 2015
Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women Gabrielle Glaser October 23, 2014
Nina Davuluri Crowned Miss America: The First Miss America of Indian Descent Marlow Stern September 15, 2013

Historical Examples

The Best of the World’s Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) – Greece Various
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. IX.–February, 1851.–Vol. II. Various
The First Four Books of Xenophon’s Anabasis Xenophon

noun
pathologically insatiable hunger, esp when caused by a brain lesion
Also called bulimia nervosa. a disorder characterized by compulsive overeating followed by vomiting: sometimes associated with anxiety about gaining weight
n.
bu·lim’ic adj. & n.
bulimia
(b-lē’mē-ə)
An eating disorder characterized by uncontrolled rapid ingestion of large quantities of food over a short period of time, followed by self-induced vomiting, fasting, and other measures to prevent weight gain. It is most common among young women and teenage girls.

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