International journal of eating disorders vol:16 issue:2 pages:105-116
With Russell's description of bulimia nervosa in 1979, followed by the DSM-III diagnosis of bulimia, a ''new'' eating syndrome found its official acceptance in the scientific world. In the two preceding decades clinicians and researchers gradually payed more attention to special forms of overeating. In the 1970s the nosographic conceptualizations of binge eating, bulimia, compulsive eating, or hyperorexia clearly shifted from a symptom level-closely connected to anorexia nervosa and/or obesity-to a syndrome level. Around the same time and independently from one another, clinicians from different countries proposed various descriptive labels for this new diagnostic entity, which, finally, became accepted as bulimia nervosa. (C) 1994 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.