Bulimia Nervosa vs. Anorexia Nervosa

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Bulimia Nervosa vs. Anorexia Nervosa


ENG 121

Instructor James Lange

June 5, 2012

Bulimia Nervosa vs. Anorexia Nervosa

“Going to extremes is what sets eating disorders apart from the occasional binge or even yo-yo dieting” (Suszynski, 2010) There are many disorders that can be detained in the human body. One of the most common disorders in the U.S.A is eating disorders. Two of the most common eating disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. In spite of these two having so many similarities, it is important to understand that there are differences in which make them separate entities.

Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa can be overlooked by some as the same disorder due to their similar characteristics. Both disorders are more prevalent in cultures where food is plentiful. Both Nervosa’s are psychiatric disorders characterized by server disturbances in their eating behaviors and normally have co-existing psychological illnesses. People suffering from both disorders are normally emotionally stressed, have low self-esteem, suffer from denial and are controlled by fear of gaining weight.

Bulimia and Anorexia both are linked to women in the age range of teens to twenties and five to fifteen percent of men. Both disorders also damage the heart, which is vital. Also from lack of or inadequate nutrients, both disorders cause biochemical disturbances such as dehydration and a change in electrolytes. Treatments for both are also similar, such as antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy. During studies and therapy between the two, it has been discovered they normally begin after a period of diet failure and both have some type of past history.

It is very important to remember that even though Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa have many similarities, they also differ in many ways. The most visible difference between the two are for bulimic’s, binging on food and then purging. As where anorexics do not eat at all and tend to exercise...
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