Essay on Differences Between Anorexia Nervosa And Bulimia

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1. Discuss 2 key differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Be specific in your information.

One key difference between anorexia nervosa and bulimia is the desire in anorexic patients to be dangerously thin. Although patients with bulimia try to maintain their weight through compensatory behaviors, they are not as obsessed as anorexic patients in reaching a state of extreme thinness, where individuals are in the lower 85th percentile of the perceived average weight for their height.

Another key difference is that anorexic patients are internally driven; they want to appear thin, which they perceive to be synonymous with beauty, to themselves. Individuals with anorexia nervosa typically perceive themselves to be much bigger in body size than they truly are. Due to their internal dissatisfaction with their body size, they are driven to lose weight. On the other hand, patients with bulimia are externally driven. They are more concerned with others’ positive perceptions of their body. Through the performance of compensatory behaviors, patients with bulimia are concerned with maintaining their weight, so as not to reveal their unhealthy eating habits to others, and to remain aesthetically desirable.

2. Name one cultural, one genetic, and one environmental influence on eating disorders.

One cultural influence on eating disorders is the widespread belief held by Western societies in which thinness equates to beauty. Media encourages women to be thin, and spotlights…

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