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What Is Anorexia
Lack of desire 2 eat: Simply, the lack of desire to eat.Some very sick patients lack the desire to eat food tastes bad, feel full, food smells bad.These ptsmay have a terminal illness like some cancersanorexia nervosa is amedical/psych condition that is characterized by a feeling of control-euphoric- about losing wt, often by not eating, laxatives, vomiting, and or overexercising.They have distorted body image.Could die. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bulimia: Bulimia is an illness which involves at least twice weekly consumption of large quantity of calories followed by compensatory behavior to "lose"/make up for those calories (purging/laxative/excessive exercise/restriction). As an eating disorder specialist, i believe it is primariy an anxiety disorder coped with by addictive body image/food behaviors initiated by feeling a lack of control in life. ...Read more
Muscle dysmorphia: Check out http://www.Healthyplace.Com/eating-disorders/articles/typebigorexia/ for more info re muscle dysmorphia which is commonly referred to as bigorexia in laymen's terms. Basically it's referring to someone (typically male bodybuilders) who doesn't believe s/he has enough muscle mass when most everyone else around thinks s/he has plenty. Think of it as the opposite of anorexia nervosa. ...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
Bulimia: Bulimia is an eating disorder where a person eats large amounts of food, and then purges by vomiting. They may do this many times a day, as an effort to avoid gaining weight. It can result in 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sexual anorexia: Is loss of appetite for romantic sexual interaction. It is the fear of intimacy to the point that one has severe anxiety surrounding sex with emotional content (in intimate relationship ). These people have sex addiction which is expressed in variety of ways such as compulsive use of strip clubs, prostitutes, cyber porn sites. They do not have aversion to sex but to intimacy. ...Read more
Bulimia?: Purging is usually associated with an eating disorder called bulimia. Purging means making yourself vomit usually by sticking your finger into the back of your throat. Someone with bulimia binges on food then purges to get rid of it. There are all kinds of problems associated with this and someone who is doing this needs to see a psychiatrist ...Read more
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 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
Bulimia Nervosa: Is from the greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by binging & purging, consuming large amount of food in short time then vomiting/taking laxative or diuretic/excessive exercising. More in females. Majority are of normal weight. They have impulsive behaviors such as overspending, & family history of eating disorders, mood disorders & substance abuse.Tx is ssri. ...Read more
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
Eating Disoder NOS: A person with Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) may present with many of the symptoms of other eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa but will not meet the full criteria for diagnosis of these disorders. This does not mean that the person has a less serious eating disorder. EDNOS is a serious mental illness that occurs in adults, adolescents and children. 40% – 60% of people who seek treatment for an eating disorder have EDNOS. People with EDNOS commonly present with extremely disturbed eating habits, a distorted body image and an intense fear of gaining weight. EDNOS is the most common eating disorder diagnosed for adults as well as adolescents, and affects both males and females equally. ...Read more
Anorexia nervosa: Many people use these terms interchangeably, but they are actually different. Anorexia means "without appetite" -- and can happen with many medical illnesses including cancer. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where the person purposefully restricts eating due to fears of becoming fat, etc. The person may actually feel hunger but exert control over "giving in" to appetite for food. ...Read more
Symptoms differ: An is a fixed belief that one is "fat" that leads to calorie restriction, exercise, or both, despite actually being markedly underweight. Bulimia is a pattern of taking in huge amounts of calories and then purging them by throwing up or abusing laxatives; most bulimics are normal weight. You can be both--a so-called bulimarexic. ...Read more
Disorder vs Symptom: Anorexia is a symptom of anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder of excessive weight loss and usually undue concern about body shape. In teens it can also be called anorexia mirabilis which can be quite dangerous. If you or someone you care about suffers from this sort of thing, please do get help. ...Read more
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