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bulimarexia (byoo-lim-uh-REK-see-uh, -lee-muh-, boo-) noun

An eating disorder in which one alternates between abnormal craving for and aversion to food. It is characterized by episodes of excessive food intake followed by periods of fasting and self-induced vomiting or diarrhea. Also called binge-purge syndrome, binge-vomit syndrome, bulimia nervosa.

[bulim (ia) + (an)orexia.]

"When I first began therapy for bulimarexia, the summer before ninth grade, my doctor's first orders to my parents were to completely back off, to keep their mouths shut and let the doctors and me take care of everything." A daughter's thank you to her father, Contemporary Women's Issues Database, 1 Jun 1993.

This week's theme: words related to eating and food.


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