Eating behavior and plasma beta-endorphin in bulimia.

  title={Eating behavior and plasma beta-endorphin in bulimia.},
  author={David A. Waller and R. S. Kiser and Brian Hardy and I. R. Fuchs and L P Feigenbaum and Ricardo Uauy},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  volume={44 1},
To study the possible role of plasma beta-endorphin in bulimia, we measured plasma beta-endorphin immunoreactivity in 34 female patients with normal-weight bulimia and 34 normal female controls matched for weight as percent of ideal. Plasma beta-endorphin immunoreactivity in bulimics (mean 59.6 pg/ml; SEM 5.6) was significantly lower (p less than 0.05) than in controls (mean 79.5 pg/ml; SEM 8.5). Within the bulimic group, plasma beta-endorphin immunoreactivity correlated inversely with severity… CONTINUE READING

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