Characteristics of 275 patients with bulimia

J. E. Mitchell, D. Hatsukami, E. D. Eckert, R. L. Pyle

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The authors present data on 275 patients who met DSM-III criteria for bulimia. The mean age of the patients was 24.8 years, and the average duration of illness was approximately 7 years. These patients reported a variety of abnormal eating-related behaviors: binge eating (100%), self-induced vomiting (88.1%), laxative abuse (60.6%), diuretic abuse (33.1%), and chewing and spitting out food (64.5%). Over one-third reported a history of problems with alcohol or other drugs and most indicated substantial social impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-485
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


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