Similarities And Differences Between Anorexia And Bulimia

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Body dissatisfaction, or distorted perception of one’s self-image, has become a common problem in today’s society (Ortega-Roldan, 2014). People want to be the skinniest, fittest, and thinnest. Because of this, eating disorders (ED), such as anorexia and bulimia, emerged. Although there are many eating disorders, these are the most common (Walsh, 1998). In short, anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by lack of appetite and weight loss (Lloyd, 2014). Bulimia is a different eating disorder marked by eating large amounts of food, then purging (Ortega-Roldan, 2014). There are numerous similarities between the two as well as differences. These range in topics related to how they do it, physical characteristics, why they do it, and health effects of each eating disorder.
One of the main differences between anorexia and bulimia is how they are done. People who are anorexic restrict their caloric intake to the point of starvation (Obadina, 2014). They avoid certain foods that are said to be fattening and may exercise compulsively to burn off as many calories as they can (Eating Disorders, 2014). These workouts may be multiple times a day, for several hours. The main goal of anorexia is to not take in too many calories. Human beings need thousands of calories to get through the day and anorexics do not give themselves a
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They are both dangerous eating disorders that can lead to many health problems. The main difference between the two is the actual methods people take to be anorexic or bulimic. The other differences and similarities come because of those actions. These two disorders are often confused with each other because people are not educated. Anorexia and bulimia are eating disorders that are characterized by a distorted perception of self, followed by extreme measures to erase that negative image. Eating disorders are becoming more common and should be taken

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