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A 34-year-old member asked:

I was diagnosed with binge/purge anorexia. hows that different from bulimia?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Definitions: Bulimia nervosa is also an eating disorder. Those with bulimia nervosa usually binge and purge-purging means they force themselves to vomit. A pure bulimic would not binge eat, they would just purge after meals. Bulimia nervosa and eating disorders in general can be quite severe and even fatal. People can die from eating disorders which is why treatment is vital.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the diffrence between bulimia vs binge and purge anorexia?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Weight & body image: Bulimia typically involves intake of massive amounts of calories with purging to prevent weight gain; if no purging occurs, obesity is the inevitable result. Otherwise, weight usually is within the normal range, and many with bulimia do not have major distortions in body image. Anorexia requires body weight 85% or less of expected with disturbed body image; can re restricting or binge/purge.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I purge immediately after supper. I don't binge. Is this anorexia or bulimia?

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Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Wrong question !: The label is not important. What is important is that purging is a potentially a harmful symptom . It is a signal that a person is struggling with issues and should get help.

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