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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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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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Describe the features of bulimia nervosa.?

Describe the features of bulimia nervosa.?

Binge and purge: Features include binging (eating more food than normal); followed by purging (self induced vomiting). ...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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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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What are symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

What are  symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

Possible clues: Signs of bulemia: enlarged salivary glands, bleeding into whites of eye, red spots on neck & face from vomiting, scarring of first finger joint of dominant hand from induced vomiting, chronic diarrhea. Gi complications: teeth erosions, increased blood amylase, esophagitis, tears or rupture of esophagus, dilation of stomach & upper small bowel, pancreatitis, colon dilation & pigmenting (melanosis). ...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 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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What percentage of American women have anorexia nervosa?

What percentage of American women have anorexia nervosa?

Varies by age: Between 0.5 and 3.7 percent of women suffer this disorder at some time in their lives. ...Read more

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What are some of the health problems associated with anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating disorders?

Starving & other: The symptoms of anorexia are mostly related to starvation or malnutrition. They can be quite severe including heart failure, loss of bone strength, dehydration, loss of menstruation. Binge eating (eating too much at one sitting) is not really associated with symptoms other than weight gain. Binge eating and vomiting (bulimia) is associated with health problems that are due to the vomiting. ...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 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 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 the signs of anorexia(not nervosa)?

What are the signs of anorexia(not nervosa)?

May have loss: of appetite, decreased food intake and weight loss. ...Read more

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What are some lifelong health problems associated with anorexia nervosa?

It depends: It depends when it started. If it began when the person had not yet stopped growing, growth can be stunted. Osteoporosis is common for those with anorexia nervosa. Almost any chronic disease will be exacerbated due to impairment in the bodies ability to heal itself. It is hard to think of a single organ system which would not be affected by anorexia nervosa. Eating disorders are deadly..! ...Read more

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Can someone describe symptoms of bulimia and anorexia?

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

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Can a brief history of anorexia nervosa lead to permanent changes in metabolism?

Can a brief history of anorexia nervosa lead to permanent changes in metabolism?

Not known for sure: I am thinking that there have not been enough studies on this issue although you use the term permanent and for the purposes of discussion is might be more illustrative to focus on long term. In that sense, the changes in lean body mass percentage and the recruitment of brown fat that is more likely in the context of anorexia would make long term changes in metabolism possible! stay safe! ...Read more

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17yo female with history of anorexia nervosa having extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, palor, shortness of breath, dizziness, and petichae?

17yo female with history of anorexia nervosa having extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, palor, shortness of breath, dizziness, and petichae?

need to see your doc: Are you still having problems with anorexia? Or have you just recently recovered? If so you should see your doctor for labs tests. You could be anemic, have your salts (electrolytes) out of whack, or even have a heart problem caused by any of the above. You could also just be simply dehydrated. Your doc could figure this out quickly. ...Read more