Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Becker, C. B. 2010. Bulimia Nervosa. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by three primary symptoms: recurrent episodes of binge eating, inappropriate compensatory behaviors, and extreme concern about body weight and shape. Binge eating involves the consumption of a large amount of food in a relatively short period of time along with a perception of loss of control over eating. Binge eating may be triggered by a number of factors including hunger, negative mood, interpersonal stressors, and thoughts about weight and shape. Inappropriate compensatory behaviors are strategies aimed at controlling body weight and shape, including self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives and/or diuretics, excessive exercising, and fasting.
- anorexia nervosa;
- binge eating;
- body image;
- cognitive behavioral therapy