Definition of bulimia in English:

bulimia

(also bulimia nervosa)

noun

mass noun
  • An emotional disorder characterized by a distorted body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by fasting or self-induced vomiting or purging.

    • ‘The American Psychiatric Association characterizes anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa as biopsychosocial disorders that result in distortions in self-image and self-perception.’
    • ‘The eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, have received increased scientific and public interest during the past decade.’
    • ‘The other main eating disorder is bulimia nervosa, which is characterised by cycles of bingeing and purging (ridding the body of the excess food usually by vomiting or laxatives).’
    • ‘Currently, 30 percent of Americans are obese, compared with the 4 percent who meet criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder.’
    • ‘I think if you looked for people with eating disorders with a bulimic component, either bulimic anorexics or bulimia nervosa, then you're looking at a higher rate, something nearer to 50%.’
    • ‘The guidance on eating disorders advocates a holistic approach in caring for people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and less common eating disorders such as binge eating.’
    • ‘The group developed questions addressing the main features of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa using focus groups of patients with eating disorders and specialists in eating disorders.’
    • ‘Childhood obesity is rising (affecting 15% of children at the last estimate in September) but so is the prevalence of the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia nervosa.’
    • ‘Together, these forces can lead to self-sustaining eating disorders, primarily anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.’
    • ‘These disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.’
    • ‘It's important to distinguish binge eating disorder from other eating disorders, such as bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.’
    • ‘Eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa, are characterised by morbid preoccupation with weight and shape and manifest through distorted or chaotic eating behaviour.’
    • ‘Feel disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating binge-eating also takes place in another eating disorder called bulimia nervosa.’
    • ‘Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two common eating disorders, and affect women in particular.’
    • ‘The key feature of the major eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia nervosa, is a phobic fear of fatness that leads to self-induced starvation or bingeing and purging.’
    • ‘An illness that resembles bulimia nervosa is binge eating disorder.’
    • ‘Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are illnesses associated with maladaptive eating regulation responses and are most commonly seen in women.’
    • ‘The principal eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and nonspecified eating disorder.’
    • ‘This text examines how clinicians in the psychiatry field treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorders.’
    • ‘Young women from the developed world who restrict their dietary intake are at highest risk of developing bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as bolisme, later bulimy): modern Latin, or from medieval Latin bolismos, from Greek boulimia ‘ravenous hunger’, from bous ‘ox’ + limos ‘hunger’.

Pronunciation

bulimia

/bjʊˈlɪmɪə//bʊˈlɪmɪə/