Definition of bulimia
1 : an abnormal and constant craving for food
2 : a serious eating disorder that occurs chiefly in females, is characterized by compulsive overeating usually followed by self-induced vomiting or laxative or diuretic abuse, and is often accompanied by guilt and depression —called also bulimia nervosa
Recent Examples of bulimia from the Web
David Thewlis embodied the British cliche of terrible teeth as V.M. Varga, whose teeth weren't helped by his bulimia, and whose role in Season 3 was as all-purpose villain.
Lovato has been open about her past struggles with body image and has become an outspoken advocate for body confidence after years of battling bulimia.
Ms. Norman wrote 100 Medium pieces in a year, about her brother’s autism, her mother’s bulimia, her own health, and the enduring carnival that is popular culture.
Weight loss is often the most visible symptom of anorexia or bulimia, but avoid making negative remarks about your friend's appearance.
In addition to taking diet pills, Parry also struggled with bulimia.
Eating and then throwing up is a disease called bulimia; try swallowing those 216 companies.
While the Empire star doesn't shy away from serious topics like being raised by an abusive, polygamist father, bulimia, and her weight loss surgery, her humorous tone that garners compulsive likes and retweets is still present.
But Lisa, whose weight has plummeted from a healthy 140 lbs. to less than 90 lbs. in the last five years, doesn't have anorexia or bulimia.
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BULIMIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bulimia for English Language Learners
: a serious physical and emotional illness in which people and especially young women eat large amounts of food and then cause themselves to vomit in order to not gain weight
Medical Definition of bulimia
1: an abnormal and constant craving for food—called also hyperorexia
2: a serious eating disorder that occurs chiefly in females, is characterized by compulsive overeating usually followed by self-induced vomiting or laxative or diuretic abuse, and is often accompanied by guilt and depression
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