Bulimia was not a well-recognized disorder in females or in males. After first being acknowledged as an eating disorder in the 1980's bulimia nervosa was given a more concrete definition. Bulimia nervosa was defined as a psychological eating disorder characterized by episodes of binge eating followed by unconventional methods of weight control (Mangweth et al., 2004). Some methods of weight control include: vomiting, fasting, enemas, excessive use of laxatives and diuretics, compulsive exercising and obsession with weight and body shape. Bingeing is defined as an episode where an individual eats a larger amount of food than the average person in a short... [continues]
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