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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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Bulimia (Definition)

Apsychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


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What is the primary difference between bulimia nervosa from binge eating?

What is the primary difference between bulimia nervosa from binge eating?

No purging: Binge eating disorder is like bulimia nervosa without the "compensatory" behaviors. People with bulimia always engage in some time of behavior to counteract the purge (e.g. Self induced vomiting, laxative abuse, excessive exercise). ...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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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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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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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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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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What medications are usually given for eating disorders? Either for bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia?

What medications are usually given for eating disorders? Either for bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia?

That depends: On whether you have associated MEDICAL ISSUES that require medication. In rare cases eating disorders have a purely medical or neurological basis. Most of the time these are psychiatric types of issues which can be approached with or without medication. Need a good clean diagnosis first by a trained expert. Search out a good psychologist/psychiatrist for guidance and help. ...Read more

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What defines bulimia?

What defines bulimia?

See below: Bulimia nervosa presents with uncontrolled bingeing followed by purging or other behaviors to compensate for food intake. The loss of electrolytes can cause death. ...Read more

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What is the link between atheletes/models and binge purge eating disorders?

What is the link between atheletes/models and binge purge eating disorders?

Not totally clear: Some activities, e.g., dancing, gymnastics, modeling, wrestling, place high value on a certain body type. "success" may become linked to a person being at or near the bottom of ideal weight--and may encourage practices such as binging to achieve that weight. Susceptible indviduals, once having started, may find it impossible to stop, partly because of effects of starvation on thinking processes. ...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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What are the symptoms for atypical anorexia nervosa and atypical bulimia nervosa?

What are the symptoms for atypical anorexia nervosa and atypical bulimia nervosa?

Eating disorder is: the overall term for the conditions you mention. Rather than fine-tuning that here, please see your doctor and ultimately a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders. Eating disorders can damage your health and even kill you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How many disorders does dsm-iv-tr list under the category for pervasive developmental disorders (pdds)?

How many disorders does dsm-iv-tr list under the category for pervasive developmental disorders (pdds)?

5: The dsm IV lists 5 different categories of pervasive developmental disorders. The new dsm v lists only autism spectrum disorder. This does away with separate diagnoses for autism, pdd-nos, and asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips for anorexia nervosa recovery?

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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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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What's the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?

What's the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?

Multidisciplinary!: Regardless of the age or sex of the patient, a team of clinicians working together to address the various aspects of this disease is key. This may include a nurse, pediatrician/family physician, psychiatrist, therapist and nutritionist/dietician. The severity of the symptoms will determine if this occurs in hospital or as an outpatient. ...Read more

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What's the psychiatric features difference between anorexia and bulimia?

BMI: People with anorexia nervosa must be abnormally underweight whereas those with bulimia nervosa are often in the normal weight range or even overweight. There are other differences as well, but this is probably the best single factor that can be used to discriminate between the two. Binging and purging can occur in either. ...Read more

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