Bulimia nervosa: A population‐based study of purgers versus nonpurgers

Ellen E. Walters, Michael C. Neale, Lindon J. Eaves, Andrew C. Heath, Ronald C. Kessler, Kenneth S. Kendler

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There has been recent interest in the possibility of dividing bulimia nervosa into two subtypes based on the method of weight prevention utilized by the individual. In an attempt to see if such a division is justified, this study compared 54 purging bulimics with 69 nonpurging bulimics ascertained from a population‐based register of Virginia female twins. A bulimic was defined as a “purger” if she engaged in vomiting or laxative abuse. These two groups were examined on a variety of demographic, weight, and personality measures after controlling for the presence of obesity. No significant differences were found between the two groups on any of the variables examined. © 1993 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-272
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1993


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