Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Bulimia Nervosa


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is bulimia nervosa. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how bulimia nervosa will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a tradition question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 25 year old woman is brought to the emergency department by her husband after she fainted in her home. The patient admits that she has been on a special “juice cleanse” for the past week and has been training for a marathon with her husband. She also describes periods of time where she feels “out of control” and eats everything in sight. She feels sad and guilty after these episodes, and tires to compensate for her calorie intake by fasting and exercising more afterwards. The patient bursts into tears and she describes her concerns act her husband will leave her because of her “disgusting body”. A review of systems is only notable for menstrual irregularity. Her temperature is 98.7°C, blood pressure is 100/60, pulse is 98, respirations are 14/min, and her BMI is 19.5 kg/m². Physical exam is unremarkable. What is the most likely diagnosis for the patient?


Page Updated: 09.12.2016