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What is the difference between anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
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In brief: They are connected

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves eating very few calories and often involves excessive exercise.
Body dysmorphic disorder is when a person sees a small defect in themselves and magnifies it tremendously. A person who sees a small belly bulge and perceives themselves as obese would have body dysmorphic disorder, and might be prone to anorexia nervosa.

In brief: They are connected

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves eating very few calories and often involves excessive exercise.
Body dysmorphic disorder is when a person sees a small defect in themselves and magnifies it tremendously. A person who sees a small belly bulge and perceives themselves as obese would have body dysmorphic disorder, and might be prone to anorexia nervosa.
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry

In brief: Different but...

As described, anorexia looks different than body dystrophic disorder (bdd).
Note that bdd symptoms can migrate to different body parts. However, having bdd does not measurably increase your risk of anorexia - we are talking about 2 uncommon disorders here. One final point is that although those with anorexia can look like they have bdd, the focus is on reasons to restrict food.

In brief: Different but...

As described, anorexia looks different than body dystrophic disorder (bdd).
Note that bdd symptoms can migrate to different body parts. However, having bdd does not measurably increase your risk of anorexia - we are talking about 2 uncommon disorders here. One final point is that although those with anorexia can look like they have bdd, the focus is on reasons to restrict food.
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