Bulimia Nervosa

  • L. K. George Hsu
  • Betty E. Chesler


Bulimia (Greek for “ox appetite”) occurring in the context of anorexia nervosa has been recognized for many years (Bliss & Branch, 1960, p. 37). In 1977, Nogami and Yabana used the term kiberashi-gui (“binge eating with an orgiastic quality”) to distinguish the bulimic disorder from anorexia nervosa. Subsequently, the terms bulimarexia (Boskind-Lodahl & White, 1978), dietary chaos syndrome (Palmer, 1977), bulimia nervosa (Russell, 1979), and abnormal normal weight control syndrome (Crisp, 1979) have been proposed by various authors to distinguish the bulimic syndrome from anorexia nervosa. In 1980 the DSM-III used the term bulimia to delineate the syndrome. Unfortunately, using the term bulimia, which is a symptom, to describe the syndrome created much confusion. In 1987, the DSM-III-R used Russell’s term bulimia nervosa for the syndrome, and the diagnostic criteria are listed in Table 1.


Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Binge Eating Bulimia Nervosa None None 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. K. George Hsu
    • 1
  • Betty E. Chesler
    • 1
  1. 1.Outpatient Eating Disorder Clinic, Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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