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October 9, 1987

Bulimia: The Binge-Purge Obsession

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

JAMA. 1987;258(14):1969-1970. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400140131043

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The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa, parts 1, 2, and 3, produced by Norman Baxley and associates, content consultant, Lyn Marshall, 3 videotapes, $850 set, $325 each part, rental $135 set, $50 each part, Urbana, Ill, Carle, 1986.  The first of these cassettes presents a basic introduction to a widely publicized and worrisome phenomenon, the bingeing and purging obsession that characterizes the clinical presentation of bulimia. The format is essentially that of a lecture presented by an attractive woman, presumably Anita Siegman, PhD, the content consultant, to a group of equally attractive young women students in an Urbana, Ill, high school classroom.The underlying message is that unpleasant feelings can give rise to a state of inner tension, which many women attempt to relieve by eating. Eating is, therefore, like "taking a tranquilizer" and, in excess, can cause obesity. The counterpoint to this behavior is the enormous pressure on women in