Defensive vomiting

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Defensive vomiting is a symptom of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in which a person who has drastically over-eaten (generally in reaction to previous extreme dieting) vomits as a reaction to an excess of food which the body is not prepared to handle. It is often seen in children, shortly after holidays such as Halloween[1] and Easter.

Defensive vomiting can also refer to a tactic used by some animals. Examples include the turkey vulture, which may vomit up foul-smelling semi-digested meat to ward off predators.[2]

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  1. ^ "Tummy aches and Halloween". Iron Mountain Daily News. October 21, 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Fergus, Charles (2003). Wildlife of Virginia and Maryland Washington D.C.. Stackpole Books. p. 171. ISBN 0-8117-2821-8. 

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