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It is important to recognize that "bulimia" or "bulimia nervosa" is a diagnosis. Like any other medical diagnosis you must meet certain criteria in order to be diagnosed 'bulimic.' According the the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) in order to be diagnosed with bulimia you must: 1) demonstrate episodes of binge eating (eating within any 2 hour period an amoutn of food larger than most people would eat. Binge eating is characterized also by a sense of lack of control while eating.) 2) demonstrate innapropriate compensatory behavior to avoid weight gain (i.e. self induced vomiting, inappropriate use of laxitives, fasting, or excessive exercise) 3) The above binge/purge cycle continues over at least a three month period of time, with an average of two binges/purges per week. 4) The individual is strongly influenced by body image and weight 5) The binge/purge cycle does not occur only during episodes of anorexia nervosa.

If all these criteria are not met, than technically, the individual is not bulimic. However, if the individual is expressing some of the symptoms, than perhaps that individual would be diagnosed with "EatingDisorder Not Otherwise Specified" (EDNOS.)

2008-09-17 23:30:18
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