F50.2: Bulimia nervosa

You have an eating disorder. You are eating a lot in a short space of time and then deliberately vomiting the food back up.

Your eating behavior is not normal. There are psychological and physical reasons for an eating disorder.

You have bulimia nervosa. This disorder is also known simply as bulimia.

You keep binge-eating. Binges involve quickly eating high-energy foods in large quantities. These binges can cause guilt feelings and a fear of putting weight on. As a result, the person usually vomits. Between binges, the person may diet. Weight can also be reduced by drugs such as appetite suppressants or laxatives.

Your weight may be normal, or it may fluctuate. It depends on how much food is absorbed. You may have physical symptoms due to the bulimia. Your weight and your figure excessively affect your self-esteem. You set yourself strict weight limits.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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