Chewing and Spitting Out Food as a Clinical Feature of Bulimia

James E. Mitchell, Richard Pyle, Dorothy K Hatsukami, Elke Eckert

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Patients with bulimia may engage in a variety of behaviors designed to prevent calorie absorption or to promote weight loss, including self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, diuretic abuse, and prolonged fasting. Another eating-related behavior that is prevalent in this population but practiced intermittently or at a low frequency is chewing and spitting out food without swallowing it. The authors present detailed information on a series of 25 patients who practice this behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988


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