The great majority of patients with bulimia nervosa are female and most are in their twenties (although the age range is between 10 and 60years). In considering the psychopathology of the disorder, a distinction may be drawn between its 'specific' and 'general' features. The former comprises features that are largely peculiar to eating disorders (e.g. self-induced vomiting), whereas the latter consists of features seen in other psychiatric conditions (e.g. depressive symptoms). The clinical features of bulimia nervosa are similar in men and women'9) and in those with and without a history of anorexia nervosa.
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