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Bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder in adults: Medical complications and their management

James E Mitchell, MD
Christie Zunker, PhD, CPH, CHES
Section Editor
Joel Yager, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD


Medical complications and symptoms of poor health are common in patients with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder [1,2]. As an example, somatic symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, joint pain, gastrointestinal problems, menstrual problems, and headache occur in more individuals with either bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder compared with individuals who have no psychiatric disorder.  

The medical complications of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder and their management are reviewed here. The epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed separately, as are the medical complications of anorexia nervosa.

(See "Eating disorders: Overview of epidemiology, clinical features, and diagnosis".)

(See "Bulimia nervosa in adults: Clinical features, course of illness, assessment, and diagnosis".)

(See "Eating disorders: Overview of prevention and treatment".)

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