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What is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa difference?

What is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa difference?

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 more

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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to ...Read more


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What is anorexia nervosa vs bulemia?

What is anorexia nervosa vs bulemia?

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 more

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What are differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa?

What are differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa?

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

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How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

Greatly: Untreated or under treated, eating disorders as a whole have up to a 25% mortality rate. That means that eating disorders can be deadly. Studies show treatment helps, and the more treatment, the lower the risk of complications and death. ...Read more

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Anorexia nervosa + loss of bone possible?

Anorexia nervosa + loss of bone possible?

It is likely: Osteoporosis and osteopenia (weak bones) are common side effects of weight loss and lack of periods. Birth control pills do not help. If you are underweight and have no natural periods you are at high risk for bone loss. This goes for underweight males as well, as they lose testosterone. ...Read more

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Is anorexia nervosa curable?

Is anorexia nervosa curable?

Yes, with difficulty: Generally, treatment is best done by a psychiatrist/psychologist who is part of an eating disorders treatment program as treatment needs to be multi-modal and is difficult. ...Read more

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How does binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

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How does binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

BED: Those with binge eating do, unlike bulimia, do not purge, fast, or engage in strenuous exercises. ...Read more

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Is bulimia or anorexia more dangerous?

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

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How is a binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

How is a binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

To answer: Binge eating disorder patients purge less often than bulimic patients, however, both need professional help just as much. Also pateints can present with or without puprging at difeerent times. If you know someone with either condition please make sure they contact a specialist who works with a team of counselors, dieticians, primary care docotors and psychitrists for the best care. ...Read more

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What etiology is implied when bulimia nervosa (purging type) leads to weight gain?

What etiology is implied when bulimia nervosa (purging type) leads to weight gain?

Calories abs rapidly: Most people with bulemia are normal wt. Depending on what is eaten and time before purge, many calories are absorbed rapidly digestion begins in the mouth. ...Read more

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What is bulimia vs anorexia?

What is bulimia vs anorexia?

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 more

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Are anorexia and bulimia considered fad diets?

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Are anorexia and bulimia considered fad diets?

Fad diet: No. They are serious illnesses with high mortality rates if untreated. ...Read more

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Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

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 more

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How to understand anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

How to understand anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

Anorexia, BDD 411: Check out website of assn of anorexia nervosa ; related disorders (neda) 4 educat'l info re eating disorders ; anorexia nervosa: (http://bit.Ly/16crmyh). Signs of an eating disorder include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harming behavs. See this pg 4 overview of body dysmorphic disorder: http://bit.Ly/1jb0rui. ...Read more

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Anorexia recovery eating plan?

Anorexia recovery eating plan?

Here you go: Sample eating disorder recovery meal plans | healing for ... Healingforeatingdisorders.Com/sample-meal-plans-for... Examples of eating disorder meal plans and how to design your daily food plan to overcome bulimia, anorexia, binge eating or eating disorder.Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does anorexia nervosa weaken the immune system?

Does anorexia nervosa weaken the immune system?

Usually yes: That is a strong possibility. The more severe that anorexia nervosa symptoms become, the more it breaks down the body's reserves. ...Read more

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What causes anorexia nervosa?

What causes anorexia nervosa?

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 more

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Help! anorexia nervosa - what do I do?

Treatment: An eating disordet specialist is ideal. I recommend a combination of medication, dietician, primary care physician and psychologist for counseling. A team approach is what is called for, and in cases where one has a dangerously low weight, hospitization is needed to prevent death. ...Read more

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How to know if I have anorexia nervosa?

Seek medical ;: Psychiatric eval to know. Do you focus on your weight ; your body? Do you have normal or low weight but think you are fat? Do you skip meals? Weigh yourself often? Keeping looking in the mirror ; are always discontent w your body? Do you starve yourself? Do you over-exercise? Do you use laxatives, diuretics or enemas to control your weight (or make yourself vomit)? ...Read more

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What can I do to treat anorexia nervosa?

What can I do to treat anorexia nervosa?

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 more

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What are the tests for anorexia nervosa?

Clinical Diagnosis: An is diagnosed on the basis of a person becoming preoccupied with her or his weight to the point that through food restriction, laxitive abuse, vomiting, extreme exercise or all of the above that leads the person to weight less than 85% expected. There is an intense fear of gaining weight and distorted body image (belief still "fat"). In women, also, lack of periods 3 consecutive cycles. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I have anorexia nervosa?

See medical attentio: If you think you have and eating disorder, see your physician promptly. Persons with anorexia nervosa are below the average weight of that age group, have a distorted body image and feel that they still too fat in the midst of obvious low weight. It is a serious disorder that needs intervention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is anorexia nervosa?

What sort of problem is anorexia nervosa?

Emotional/physical: Usually females; usually after puberty. Morbid fear of weight gain, abn body image ("i'm fat", even if severely underweight); restrictive intake (semi-starvation); often lose menses; can have a variety of symptoms including feeling cold (no fat stores), apathy/anger, hair thinning, fine hair growth (lanugo); risk for bone loss, relationship problems. Can be w/purging (bulimia), related but diff. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have anorexia nervosa?

May be ? What are: Your symptoms? Do you focus on your weight ; your body? Do you have normal or low weight but think you are fat? Do you skip meals? Weigh yourself often? Keeping looking in the mirror ; are always discontent w your body? Do you starve yourself? Do you over-exercise? Do you use laxatives, diuretics or enemas to control your weight (or make yourself vomit)? ...Read more

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What are the real symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa: Not eating or drinking any liquids with calories. Memorizing tthe calorie count of every known food substance. A fast weight loss. Extreme exertion--fitness schedulepushing food around on a plate, but not eating it. Denial of any problem. The patient feels great success at the weight loss.The patient has a distorted image of her'himself in the mirror-really doesn't see a problem with thinness. ...Read more

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What are some risk factors of anorexia nervosa?

Risks of or for?: Here are websites for both: www.mayoclinic.com/health/anorexia/ds00606/dsection=risk... Risk factors by mayo clinic staff. Certain risk factors increase the risk of anorexia, including: being female. Anorexia is more common in girls and women. www.choosehelp.com/topics/.../anorexia-nervosa...risks.html anorexia nervosa, the deadliest mental-health disorder, is a fixation on weight control. ...Read more

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How can I fully recovering from anorexia nervosa?

How can I fully recovering from anorexia nervosa?

Change course: If you've learned new approaches to dealing with your frustrations and disturbances that have led to anorexia nervosa, and if you are continually pursuing these new responses, you might be fully recovered or on your way. It is possible to decide to maintain a normal body weight, to get over the fear of gaining weight, and to no longer be disturbed over weight issues or body shape.Treatment helps. ...Read more

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What to do if i may be developing anorexia nervosa?

Please see your: Primary care physician. Be completely honest. S/he will assess to see if you need to referral to an addiction medicine specialist, an eating disorder program, a psychiatrist etc. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips for anorexia nervosa recovery?

Anorexia Is serious: Since anorexia is a very serious illness which can lead to death, it is imperative to get professional health. In addition there are support groups which can be an adjunct to psychotherapy. A team approach with a psychiatrist, psychologist & nutritionist or an intensive day program may be the best way to start. There are some great programs available, use them! ...Read more

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How many people die each year from anorexia nervosa?

Too many: The lifetime mortality rate for those with anorexia nervosa may approach 25%, especially when untreated. It is a very serious and sad condition. Those with an suffer greatly. ...Read more

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What are the best home remedies for anorexia nervosa?

None: Love and support are always the best medicine, but not always the most effective. ...Read more

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Can someone with anorexia nervosa every fully recover?

Can someone with anorexia nervosa every fully recover?

Takes Grit & Support: For someone w/ anorexia, recovery is both physical (eating a balanced diet 2 get the nutrients the body needs & 2 get hormones back in balance) & psychological (finding new ways of coping w/ intense feelings, body image expectations, etc.) recovery can be very tough though & relapse is common, so having good medical/mental health team is the ideal. See anad for information: http://www.Anad.Org. ...Read more

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What do you think about mild cases of anorexia nervosa?

Get help.: If it's big enough to warrant being called "a case of anorexia nervosa", then it is a chronic, high-risk condition that requires expert mental health care and ongoing clinical supervision. ...Read more

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