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Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by the episodic ingestion of large quantities of food in a relatively short period of time and, in most cases, these •binges• are followed by self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse or fasting (Ordman & Kirschenbaum, 1986). The vast majority of bulimic cases are women (only 10% are male) and it is estimated that as much as 20% of high school and collegiate-aged females are actively engaged in bulimic behaviors on a regular basis (Hale & Ware, 1984). More specifically, these behaviors include various aspects of the following according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (third edition): 1) consumption of high-caloric, easily ingested food during a binge, 2) inconspicuous eating during a binge, 3) termination of binge eating by abdominal pain, sleep, social interruption or self-induced vomiting, 4) repeated attempts to lose weight through dieting, self-induced vomiting or use of laxatives or diuretics, and 5) frequent weight fluxuations due to alternating binges and fasts. These behaviors are often accompanied by an awareness that the eating pattern is abnormal, fear of not being able to stop voluntarily and self-deprecating thoughts after eating binges (American Psychiatric Association, 1980).

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert L. Frank


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