Behavior: Eating Binges

Anorexia's sister ailment

For dessert one night, Cynthia B. ate a candy bar, two bags of cookies, an éclair, three sandwiches, crackers and dip, a jar of peanut butter and half a jar of jelly, raisins and berries, two slices of bread with cheese and mayonnaise, large pizza and four bowls of cereal. Then she made herself throw up.

Cynthia's eating binges, always followed by self-induced vomiting or heavy use of laxatives, are symptoms of bulimarexia (from the Greek words for ox and hunger), an eating disorder also known as gorge-purge syndrome and bulimia...

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