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Anoexia/Bulimia: Both are eating disorders and more common in females. Anorexia primarily involves restriction of food intake in order not to gain weight therefore are usually underweight even though they perceive they are fat and bulimia primarily involves frequent binge eating and they are usually normal weight. Anorexia is the more severe disorder and can be lethal. These are the main differences. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unknown: The exact cause of anorexia nervosa is unknown. As with many diseases, it's probably a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors. There may be genetic changes that make some people more vulnerable to developing anorexia. Some emotional characteristics may contribute to anorexia. Peer pressure may help fuel the desire to be thin, particularly among young girls. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Similar, Different: Both of these terms have to do with unhealthy ways of dealing with food, body weight, and body composition. Bulimia refers to people who go through cycles of overeating and then using abnormal ways of getting rid of what they've eaten (vomiting, laxative abuse). Anorexia has to do with unhealthy ways of trying to stay underweight (starvation, vomiting, laxatives) without the overeating episodes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The specific symptom: Anorexia and bulimia are both serious eating disorders which involve distorted body image and extreme weight loss,. Typically,, people with anorexia eat minimal amounts of food exercise excessively to lose,weight. People with bulimia may binge eat rather than restrict food intake and then purge through vomiting and/or laxative abuse. Both can lead to health problems and death. ...Read more
Recently been diagnosed with Anorexia and depression from a pyschiatrist at a weight disorder unit, does this mean I have a mental illness?
Terms don't matter: The term "Mental Illness" is not necessary but it is standard. Most Emotional/Behavioral disorders differ from other medical conditions in many ways. But healthcare systems blur the distinctions and Rx's are used so much that it's easy to see why. How you feel and act impacts your body and visa versa. You've developed bad ways of dealing w/ food and also deep misery. Get help to live better, ok? ...Read more
Support & Knowledge : Once someone w/anorexia starts his/her recovery -starts reversing effects of malnutrition by eating a balanced diet 2get the nutrients the body needs & 2get hormones back in balance- s/he can start 2heal. But recovery can be very tough though & relapse is very common. Really helps 2have good medical/mental health team, 2know a lot re: anorexia; & 2have strong support net. http://www.anad.org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am currently being treated for anorexia. My back has been an issue for me so my doctor sent me for an X-ray. My spine doesn't curve.
???-xray report: The human spine has natural curves in it: get a written xray report and consult with your private doctor. ...Read more
Often mixed up: People often mistakenly believe that if you purge (vomit) you have bulimia, but you could have the purging form of anorexia. In general, people with bulimia are of average or higher than average weight. For more details see my lengthy blog and answers on this exact subject at www.Kartiniclinic.Com and click on "kartini blog, " see "most popular blogs". The subject can be complex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Long List Bad Things: Include: malnutrition, heart damage, other organ damage, infertility, hair loss, tooth loss, body hair, bone loss, etc. See anad- natl assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders: http://bit.Ly/14wd5ib. One stat: about 24 million people in us suffer from an ed. One ed, anorexia nervosa = the most fatal mental disorder: about 10% w/anorexia die from suicide/starvation/metabolic failure/other. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both can be fatal: Anorexia is harder to miss, because of the severe weight loss; the effective starvation impairs functions of a lot of body organs. Many with bulimia look fine weight-wise but are abusing their bodies with purging and vomiting, both of which can cause body chemistry problems, sometimes bad enough to be fatal; vomiting can destroy teeth and cause other stomach problems. ...Read more
!st be evaluated.: First a person who is having anorexia needs to be evaluated by a physician to be certain that there are no medical reasons for the anorexia or that there are no medical effects of the anorexia that need to be treated. If the the underlying reason is a psychological or emotional one, usually therapy is very helpful. The person her or himself will play an important role in getting better. ...Read more
Yes there are.: Other eating disorders: cravings for specific foods or non-edible substances (clay or starch in pregnancy, dirt & ice in iron & zinc deficiencies, pica in children & adolescents eating any non-nutritive substance), psychiatric disorders looking like eating disorders (depression, somatization disorders, schizophrenia) with food aversions, body distortions, delusions, paranoia that affect eating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer