Psychological Medicine

Research Article

A cognitive behavioural approach to the treatment of bulimia

Christopher Fairburna1 c1

a1 Universty of Edinburgh and Littlemore Hospital, Oxford


Bulimia nervosa is a relatively common eating disorder which has a significant physical and psychological morbidity and a poor prognosis. A behavioural approach to its treatment is described. This focuses on increasing control over eating, eliminating food avoidance and changing maladaptive attitudes. Preliminary findings are promising, with improvement appearing to be maintained. Components of the treatment may benefit patients who simply complain of overeating.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Christopher Fairburn, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX.

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