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The Differences Between Anorexia Nervosa And Bulimia

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Who can have an eating disorder? Most think it is only women but in fact it can be anyone from any culture. It is mainly seen in females but as time goes by men have also suffered from these disorders. There are two main eating disorders Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Both disorders are unhealthy and a cause for concern. Anorexia Nervosa is eating too little and Bulimia is eating too much.
Anorexia Nervosa is an unhealthy disorder. The person has a distorted perception of their body, they think they are overweight and in order to have control they eat very little or nothing at all. They also over exercise or even when eating in front of people they don’t actually eat, they just move the food ...view middle of the document...

No one is really sure what causes Anorexia Nervosa. It could be anything from depression to stress. Anorexia Nervosa can be treated be being admitted into the hospital to go through extensive therapy to see what the underlining cause is. Young girls can be treated with anti-depressants but there is a major risk factor. They can think about suicide or if feeling bad about themselves enough actually commit suicide (Women’s Health). Along with a special diet and medicines on can recover from this disorder.
Bulimia is also a distortion of body image where the person thinks they are too fat even if they are in the normal body weight range (Fairburn and Garner 1986). They don’t want to gain weight so they overeat and stuff themselves for no reason. They then go to the restroom to make themselves sick so they don’t gain the calories from the food. . There are also different types of Bulimia, the traditional one is binging then purging, using diet pills, diuretics, laxatives, and over exercising. Some of the signs of a Bulimic could be going to the bathroom after eating, calluses on the knuckles from inducing vomiting, and broken blood vessels in the eyes. Bulimia has bad effects on the different body systems. With the brain it causes depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. The female with bulimia can have cavities, gum disease, and sensitivity to hot and cold food. The throat and esophagus can tear and rupture due to prolonged vomiting. Stomach pain and ulcers are caused from the vomiting....

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