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Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

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Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(5):790-794. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-5-
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EMERGING scientific evidence of the increasing prevalence of eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia in particular, necessitates that physicians be prepared both to diagnose and treat these disorders appropriately. Current estimates indicate that anorexia nervosa and bulimia affect 10% to 15% of adolescent girls and young women, and estimates of the prevalence of bulimia among college women range as high as 19% (1). However, despite increasing public attention to such eating disorders, many physicians are unfamiliar with both the increased prevalence and the appropriate approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Unfamiliarity with these disorders clearly limits a physician's ability to identify


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