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What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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