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What is the difference between anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
They are connected: Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves eating very few calories and often involves excessive exercise. Body dysmorphic disorder is when a person sees a small defect in themselves and magnifies it tremendously. A person who sees a small belly bulge and perceives themselves as obese would have body dysmorphic disorder, and might be prone to anorexia nervosa.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Different but...: As described, anorexia looks different than body dystrophic disorder (bdd). Note that bdd symptoms can migrate to different body parts. However, having bdd does not measurably increase your risk of anorexia - we are talking about 2 uncommon disorders here. One final point is that although those with anorexia can look like they have bdd, the focus is on reasons to restrict food.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How to understand anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

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Read about them: The broken mirror: understanding and treating body dysmorphic disorder katharine a. Phillips (21) skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: the new maudsley method janet treasure, gráinne smith, anna crane (7).
A 35-year-old member asked:

Are there some people who just have anorexia on its own, others that have just body dysmorphic disorder, and others who have both?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
It is a matter of: degree. People with anorexia have distorted body images. Often they are very thin and see themselves as fat. With body dysmorphic syndrome their self image is even more distorted and difficult to change.

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