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Anorexia vs. Bulimia: Finding Their Similarities and Differences

Updated on February 18, 2011

The occurrence of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia is increasingly alarming during the past few years. The most common is anorexia and bulimia which some people use interchangeable and some consider as similar. These just proved exactly how minimal most of us understand about the differences between bulimia and anorexia. Though anorexics and bulimics may have many similarities, they are two different eating disorders with a completely dissimilar nature.

The most important fact to take note is that bulimia is struggling with how to control one's self from eating too much while anorexia is too much control to the extent of not eating anything. Anorexics starve because they see themselves too fat and even when they eat they purge the food because of how they see themselves. Bulimic, on the other hand, can't control themselves from eating too much and because of the guilty feeling associated with eating too much they purge. While most anorexic are underweight, bulimics are in normal weight.

Low self-esteem and emotional stress are commonly experienced by anorexics and bulimics. These feelings are accompanied by guilt and depression. Both eating disorders are commonly caused by a traumatic experience, abuse, low self-esteem and other similar factors. Also both anorexics and bulimics suffer from depression, fatigue, and heart failure. They both cope up with what they feel by means of not eating or overeating.

The effects of bulimia and anorexia to the body are very different. Anorexics suffer from low immune system, weakness, bone density loss, low blood pressure, liver failure, and other organ failure because of the lack of nutrition while the side effects of bulimia are more on the digestive system due to frequent purging. Bulimics mostly suffer from severe stomach cramps, acid reflux, inflammation of stomach and esophagus, swollen salivary gland, and tooth decay.

Both bulimia and anorexia are hugely linked to women on their 20s and teens, those that experience eating disorder on their early adulthood may battle with the problem for the rest of their lives. Showing love, giving support and enough encouragement is necessary to avoid any family member from having eating disorders.

Treatment of bulimia and anorexia is mostly similar. They can be found everywhere. They may include hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, buddy system, and self help. Sometimes, the use of medicine such as Flozatine is necessary to achieve successful progress. It is vital to get professional assistance as soon as possible for a more effective and successful recovery. But before you can get help for bulimia, it is necessary for the person experiencing from eating disorder to admit the problem and choose to get well. Then therapy will then begin one day at a time.

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      Hannah 22 months ago

      This stuff is really helpful, i will put my friends on to this site :)

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      Caitlin 4 years ago

      I agree and disagree with some of these parts. I suppose I shouldn't spend so much time looking at all of this. I have bulimia and really feel that it misconstrued with 'eating too much' I mean yes, bulimia is strikingly different with 'the binge' that informational articles talk about, but I also feel that my bulimia stemmed from anorexia. I think the two are similar and people can and do fall into both categories. I lost a significant amount of weight and my eating disorder symptoms fell into both categories. I think that one of the reasons that people binge and then purge is because they have been super restrictive, as much or even more so than people with anorexia.

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      Ebony 5 years ago

      Ive got billimia. I'm going in to treatment soon... It will be good-it was nice to read it made me feel less alown