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Anorexia Versus Bulimia
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
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
5 signs to watch for: You may have an eating disorder if you answer yes to two or more of the following: 1) do you force yourself to vomit because you're uncomfortably full? 2) do you worry that you've lost control over how much you eat? 3) have you lost >14 lbs in a 3 month period? 4) do you believe you're fat when others think you are too thin? 5) does thinking about food dominate your life? (from aarp magazine). ...Read more
Destroys the body: Because bulimia/anorexia becomes a nutritional "nightmare" the body suffers from self destruction. The extra stomach acid eats away at the esophagus, teeth and mouth lining (buccal mucosa). The body starts to use vital muscles for energy after the fat and glucose have been dissipated. Emaciation occurs with electrolyte abnormalities which can result in cardiac arrest and death. ...Read more
Eating disorders: Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are both eating disorders. Anorexics severely restrict food, and bulimics may both binge on food and then vomit many times a day. This can cause many physical problems such as esophageal and stomach injury, tooth decay, dehydration, electrolyte depletion, cardiac arrhythmia, and even death. Sometimes laxatives are used also, which worsens things in both conditions. ...Read more
Yes it is: Anorexics severely restrict food, and bulimics may both binge on food and then vomit many times a day. It's possible to both food restrict and vomit. This leads to many physical problems including esophageal and stomach injury, tooth decay, dehydration, electrolyte depletion, cardiac arrhythmia, and even death. Sometimes laxatives are used also, which worsens things in both conditions. ...Read more
Definitions: Anorexia means loss of appetite. Anorexia nervosa is a mental condition and is considered to be an eating disorder. Bulimia nervosa is also an eating disorder. Those with anorexia nervosa restrict their eating and can be quite thin. Those with bulimia nervosa usually binge and purge-purging means they force themselves to vomit. Eating disorders in general can be quite severe and even fatal. ...Read more
Common symptoms: Abnormal eating habits involving either insufficient (anorexia) or excessive (bulimia) food intake to the detriment of the individual's physical or emotional health. These include restricted food intake in anorexia, episodes of binge eating (bulimia), abnormal diet, and/or purging__evacuation of food by vomiting, taking laxatives, diuretics, enemas or engaging in intense exercise. ...Read more
There are few diff:
•recurrent episodes of binge eating
a feeling of lack of control over eating
•regular use of one or more of the following to prevent weight gain: self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diuretics, strict dieting or fasting, or vigorous exercise.
•persistent over-concern with body shape and weight.
•refusal to maintain weight that᾿s over the lowest weight consi. ...Read more
Anorexia: loss of menstruation, hair loss, osteoporosis, slowing of the thyroid gland, slow heart rate, are all symtoms of the body trying to protect itself from starvation.
Bulemia: if it involves binging and purging; can erode the teeth, can cause loss of electrolytes tha are essential for the heart. Purging can cause a tear in the esophagus which could be life threatenning. Get help! ...Read more
Motivation: The motivation for desiring these illnesses can be rooted in self-esteem and/or other mental health conditions. It is important to seek evaluation by a mental health professional to discuss this concern as well as the significant medical risks these disorders have including cardiac, GI tract and neurological effects. ...Read more
Therapy and meds: You could recommend try and find a therapist for psychotherapy, particularly dialectical behavioral therapy (dbt), as well as possible an antidepressant for relief of depression and anxiety. If the depression and anxiety is relieved, sometimes that can help with comorbid eating disorders, but they are notoriously difficulty to treat. A support group may also be helpful. ...Read more
American medical or psychiatric sites, web md
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and you will get all the info you want. Be careful only
to read from what seems to be reputable sites. ...Read more
Longer answer needed: The question is too hard to answer in this forum, especially since the issues differ a lot between anorexia and bulimia. Basically, those with anorexia nervosa need enough calories to enable them to gain weight slowly, so anxiety doesn't overwhelm them. Bulimics get lots of food--too much--but get rid of it by vomiting or purging, so dietary gaps are common. Skilled dietician needed. ...Read more
Both: They are both harmful to your health both in the short ad long term. ...Read more
Eating disorders: They are generally highly intelligent people who can respond to treatment if they accept their illness & seek help. ...Read more
As above: See a mental health professional for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Healthy weight but am dropping 2-3 lbs each week. So, can you have both anorexia and bulimia at the same time?
WHY NOT?: If weight change is sudden and unusually check in with your dr first. Make sure there's no physical cause. If not it sounds like something for a psychiatrist to help with. Do this before weight loss and oesophageal & dental damage really hurts you. ...Read more