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Fiction January 3rd, 2011 05:39 PM

What is Anorexia and Bulimia?
 
What Is Anorexia and Bulimia?


Anorexia and Bulimia are both eating disorders that are categorised by an obsession with food and a distortion of body image, meaning that someone may see themselves as much larger than they really are. Both disorders are much more common in girls, but can also occur in boys.

Eating disorders are believed to be caused by a lack of control in an individual’s life. A person may use not eating as something that they can control, when the rest of their life is out of control. It can also occur when a person does not feel good enough, or adequate. There have also been cases where people do it to hinder the onset of puberty.

Anorexia Nervosa

People with Anorexia Nervosa have an intense fear of gaining weight and refuse to maintain a healthy body weight. People with this disorder begin to eat very little in an attempt to lose weight. The average calorie intake per day of an anorexic is between 600- 800 calories, although this can become much more extreme.

Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental illness that can cause great damage to the body, and in some cases, death.

Symptoms

• Rapid weight loss.
• Obsession with calories and fat content
• Fear of gaining weight despite being underweight.
• Rituals with food such as cutting food into very small pieces or refusing to eat around others.
• Purging behaviours: Taking diet pills or laxatives, frequent exercise or making themselves vomit.
• Intolerance to the cold.
• Depression
• Loss of periods in females.

Bulimia Nervosa

People with Bulimia Nervosa also have a fear of gaining weight, although they tend to stay within a healthy weight limit or have extreme fluctuations in weight. People with Bulimia often binge and then partake in purging behaviours such as listed above. They sometimes also starve themselves in order to compensate for their bingeing behaviour.

Purging activities such as making yourself vomit can be very dangerous to health. It can cause problems such as dehydration, hormonal imbalances, depletion of important minerals and damage to vital organs.

Symptoms

• Secrecy surrounding eating habits.
• Disappearance of large amounts of food.
• Alternating eating habits: between overeating and fasting.
• Going to bathroom after meals.
• Excessive exercising.
• Scars on the knuckles or hands.
• Frequent fluctuations in weight.

Where Can I get Help?

There are many confidential helplines and internet chat services that you can use if you think you may have an eating disorder:

UK

Beat

Childline

Eating Disorder Support

USA

Something Fishy

National Eating Disorders Association

F.E.A.S.T

Australia

Eating Disorders Foundation

Samaritans

Most of these websites have helplines that you can call.

What Should I do if I Think Someone I know has an Eating Disorder?

If you are close enough to the person, you should try and approach them. If you decide to approach someone with an eating disorder here are a few things to remember:
• Tell them that you are there to help, and that you care for them.
• Try to persuade them to seek help.
• Do not try to force them to eat.
• Do not blame them for their problems.
• Do not negatively comment on their appearance or weight.
• Do not get angry at them for their problems, recovery takes time and requires patience.

The most important thing is to be there for them. If you feel that someone you knows health is in severe danger from an eating disorder, tell a trusted adult so that they can get the help they need.

BMI calculator:
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/Calculator.aspx
BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 Normal
25.0 - 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

Note that these calculators are not entirely accurate. Your BMI number does not take into account muscle mass, and this may cause your BMI to appear obese when you are in fact a healthy weight. You also do not need to be underweight to struggle with an eating disorder.

georgiamay January 4th, 2011 03:39 PM

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well written and very helpful :)

Tankinx91 January 4th, 2011 04:09 PM

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Very good information, should help a lot of people.

Apple iShart January 15th, 2011 08:13 AM

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Agreed, thanks for the information, great post!

Charleigh January 15th, 2011 12:43 PM

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Rep +
:hug:

persiandude February 5th, 2011 01:53 AM

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this is really interesting

Jessa Santos December 20th, 2011 10:49 PM

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Very good information. Thanks for sharing.

venicemayer July 21st, 2012 07:45 AM

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Well, both of them are truly traumatic to those who any of the two condition. Anorexia and Bulimia causing a more serious problem so it should be treated by an expert or else it can go tragic and nobody wants it.

Mob Boss July 21st, 2012 08:29 AM

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Originally Posted by georgiamay (Post 1135722)
well written and very helpful :)

I agree. This is very informative and I'm sure others could benefit from the knowledge. Thank you so much.

Jonathan1998 August 12th, 2012 05:31 PM

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Donavan Anorexia is short for Anorexia Nervosa, which is worse than Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia is completely starving themselves because they see fat when they are skinny where as Bulimics do tend to stay in average weight, they're not as extreme with their weight loss true, they're similar but they also don't see fat as much but they starve themselves a little because like the definition of Nervosa they're nervous of weighing more than the average person and want to get skinny or an inbetween stage of weight

myllc August 12th, 2012 11:40 PM

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I don't know where I belong. Good thread, thank you.

Love.Hate August 13th, 2012 03:57 PM

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This is well written, nice one kathy :)

heyyodv November 6th, 2012 08:07 PM

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Good info.

Johnt123 November 6th, 2012 11:46 PM

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Woahhh thanks that helped a lot !!

Jupiter November 6th, 2012 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Jonathan1998 (Post 1876594)
Donavan Anorexia is short for Anorexia Nervosa, which is worse than Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia is completely starving themselves because they see fat when they are skinny where as Bulimics do tend to stay in average weight, they're not as extreme with their weight loss true, they're similar but they also don't see fat as much but they starve themselves a little because like the definition of Nervosa they're nervous of weighing more than the average person and want to get skinny or an inbetween stage of weight

yes, but both eating disorders should STILL be taken seriously and treated properly.

The joker. December 9th, 2012 06:09 AM

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I hope this helps people! Very good job on you kathy!

AnaMarie99 December 13th, 2013 04:32 PM

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good info

fitnessfun June 12th, 2014 02:53 PM

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Interesting.

beverley July 21st, 2014 03:30 AM

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norexia is a general loss of appetite, or a loss of interest in food.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental illness. Patients have not "lost" interest in food, they have intentionally restricted their food intake because of an irrational fear of being or becoming fat. for more check it out what causes eating disorders

xxxander November 5th, 2014 04:35 AM

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Thank you for posting this information it can help people who has an eating disorder. Keep it up


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