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January 1, 1988

Bulimia: When Is a Binge a Binge?-Reply

JAMA. 1988;259(1):45. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720010025025

In Reply.  —We appreciate the opportunity to respond to Dr Dilsaver's request for the wording of the questions in our study. Space limitations had prevented our providing this data in our original article. As noted in our article, along with the questions, subjects were given an analogue scale that was almost identical to that that constituted the x axis of the figures used to display the response. This scale permitted responses to be recorded on a continuum rather than categorically, a virtue in the assessment of psychopathology, as noted by Dr Dilsaver.The questions were written to ensure conformity with DSM-III and DSM-IIIR criteria. The following were the two most important questions: (1) "Please indicate how often you have episodes of binge eating in which you rapidly consume a large amount of food in a short period of time, usually less than two hours, by placing an X at the