Bulimia nervosa in overweight individuals

James E. Mitchell, Richard L. Pyle, Elke D Eckert, Dorothy Hatsukami, Elizabeth Soll

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Patients who have bulimia nervosa and are overweight have received little attention in the medical literature. The authors identified 25 patients who weighed ≥130% of their ideal body weight out of a series of 591 patients with bulimia nervosa. This subgroup was contrasted with a sample of 25 patients with bulimia nervosa who were 90% to 110% of their ideal body weight. Members of the overweight bulimia nervosa group were binge-eating and vomiting less frequently than the comparison group but were more likely to be abusing laxatives, and to report a history of self-injurious behavior and suicide attempt(s). Both groups reported frequent binge-eating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-327
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1990
Externally publishedYes


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