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What is the difference between anorexia nervosa and bulemia?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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