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[Bulimic features in obesity]

TÚRY Ferenc1, LÁSZLÓ Zsuzsa1, SZENDREY Gabriella1, JOÓ Mária Nóra1, PRÓNAY Gábor1

MAY 27, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(05)

[Obesity, which has great significance in public health, can often be regarded as a psychosomatic disorder. Its connection to the classic forms of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia) can be conceptualized on the basis of a continuum hypothesis stressing the continuity among these forms. About half of obese subjects also show bulimic symptoms (binges, vomiting, laxative abuse) according to the data in the literature. The authors examined this subgroup of obesity (or bulimia) with various eating disorder test methods and interviews in a population of 172, and in part of 254 obese subjects in a local slimming cure sanatorium. The prevalence of bulimia meeting clinical criteria was 7.3 per cent in 55 males, and 19.7 per cent in 117 females. On the basis of test conducted in the population of 254 subjects, the proportion of pathological eating attitudes is very high, e. g. bulimic predisposition can be found in 41.2 percent of males and in 73.0 per cent of females. Because of these high proportions, the sub group of bulimic obesity deserves attention, and psychotherapeutical help is required in its treatment.]

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