- Diet & Weight Loss
Anorexia vs. Bulimia: Finding Their Similarities and Differences
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.