Decrease in resting metabolic rate during abstinence from bulimic behavior

Margaret Altemus, Marion M. Hetherington, Marilyn Flood, Julio Licinio, Mark L. Nelson, Aviva S. Bernat, Philip W. Gold

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Among eight normal-weight bulimic women studied during 1 week of binge eating and vomiting and 7 weeks of abstinence without weight loss, resting metabolic rate and T3 and T4 levels fell significantly during abstinence. These data suggest that a physiological consequence of binge eating and vomiting is an increase in metabolic rate, in part due to increased thyroid hormone activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1071-1072
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Jan 1991

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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