Bulimic attitudes in different eating disorders: Clinical utility of the BITE


  • Glenn Waller D. Phil.

    Lecturer, Corresponding author
    1. Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester
    • Academic Clinical Psychology Department, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of South Manchester, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 8LR, England, U.K.
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The Bulimic Investigatory Test, Edinburgh (BITE) is a self-report measure, claiming to differentiate binge eaters and comparison women on the basis of bulimic symptoms. The present study reports on the clinical utility of this measure in differentiating subgroups of binge eaters. The BITE is found to be unable to categorize anorexics of the bulimic subtype, and its accuracy in detecting other types of bulimia is poorer than has been described by previous research. However, some novel potential uses are proposed, which suggest that the BITE retains some clinical and research utility.