DOCTORS last night attempted to end of confusion over the symptoms of bulimia, stressing it was not the same as being a big, greedy bastard.
There are fears that GP surgeries could be overwhelmed after reports the disorder may now be affecting fat people who like to stuff their face.
Dr Wayne Hayes, of the Institute for Second Helpings, said: "In our studies we always separate the subjects into two groups.
"In group 'A' are the people who engage in binge eating followed by purging, and in group 'B' are the people eat a whole tin of biscuits because it's 11 o'clock.
"Although some of the people in group 'B' eat so many biscuits they end up making themselves sick, it's not the same thing."
Dr Hayes said bulimia was more likely to affect young women with self-image problems, while being a fat bastard tends to affect MPs with access to large amounts of free food.
"Of course being an MP can be stressful, especially if you keep making an arse of yourself on Newsnight.
"But instead of being a big, greedy bastard, why not go for a long walk or perhaps enjoy a luxury scuba diving holiday at the taxpayers' expense and then claim it was a 'trade mission'?"