Recent Research on Bulimia Nervosa

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    Estimates of lifetime bulimia nervosa (BN) range from 4% to 6.7% across studies. There has been a decrease in the presentation of BN in primary care but an increase in disordered eating not meeting full diagnostic criteria. Regardless of diagnostic status, disordered eating is associated with long-term significant impairment to both physical and mental quality of life, and BN is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of self-harm, suicide, and death. Assessment should adopt a motivationally enhancing stance given the high level of ambivalence associated with BN. Cognitive behavior therapy specific to eating disorders outperforms other active psychological comparisons.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-32
    Number of pages12
    JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


    • Assessment
    • Bulimia nervosa
    • Clinical features
    • Epidemiology
    • Treatment


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