Anorexia And Bulimia Are The Most Common Eating Disorders

932 Words Mar 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Anorexia and bulimia are the most common eating disorders. People with anorexia disorder suffer from a tendency to skip meals, follow unhealthy diets, have abnormal eating habits and are obsessed about weight. Whereas people with bulimia disorder indulge in binge eating or overeating and then resort to purging what they have eaten by vomiting or using laxatives. Both can be considered as a kind of mental illness that takes a toll on the mental health and self-esteem of people. While these two eating disorders are similar in some ways, they are also vastly different.
Similarities and differences The underlying common cause of both anorexia and bulimia is low self-esteem. Since society, today, emphasizes the necessity of having a perfect body people with these disorders begin to perceive themselves as being imperfect and make drastic changes in their eating habits. Apart from this there are some more common causes such as depression and emotional, physical, verbal or sexual abuse. Since people suffering from these two disorders have low self-esteem and are obsessed with weight gain they are always worried about maintaining a “perfect body”. However the steps taken to achieve the “perfect body’ are different. Anorexics make conscious effort and resort to restricted diets or even starvation to achieve the perfect body. Whereas bulimics consume large quantities of food to satiate their feelings and then out of shame, guilt and fear of gaining weight resort to…
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