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Am J Public Health. 1988 Oct;78(10):1322-5.

The prevalence of bulimia nervosa in the US college student population.

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  • 1Department of Community Health Programs, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109-2029.


A phone survey to determine the prevalence of bulimia nervosa was conducted with a national probability sample of 1,007 male and female students from a stratified sample of 53 universities and colleges in the continental United States. Using the revised (DSM IIIR) diagnostic criteria, 1 per cent of the women and 0.2 per cent of the men were classified as bulimic. Bulimia was most prevalent (2.2 per cent prevalence rate) among undergraduate women living in group housing on campus.

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