Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Binge and Purge Symptoms

The main symptoms of bulimia are overeating, followed by purging. A person with bulimia first eats an amount of food that he or she considers to be too much. This may range from one unplanned cookie to a 20,000-calorie meal. This is followed by purging.

Forms of purging include:

Additional symptoms of bulimia may include:

Additional characteristics of bulimia include:

Binge and Purge Binge Eating

Binge eating involves episodes of overeating that are followed by self-induced vomiting (purging). Vomiting can become so routine it may be effortless. Bulimia victims tend to eat high-calorie foods during their periods of binge eating. Many will collect and store food for upcoming binges.

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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