Anorexia Vs. Bulimia Nervosa

1200 Words Dec 1st, 2014 5 Pages
Anorexia vs. Bulimia

In our culture today, people concerned with the way they look to a high extent, how much they weight, their physical appearances and how to change a body part they do not like. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are eating disorders that affect a person’s weight to an extreme due to wanting to be thinner when in reality they are already thin to the bone. Both disorders have their similarities and differences from their main obsession of body weight to how they try to lose it.
Anorexia nervosa is a disorder discovered by the English doctor Richard Martin. Anorexia is a distortion of one’s body image and intense fear of gaining weight. There is a lack of menstruation for at least three months among females. People with anorexia keep their body weight low by limiting their diet from certain foods (especially the ones with high fat and calories), excessive exercising, vomiting, or binge eating. Many people with anorexia see themselves as overweight, when it is quite obvious they are malnourished. A person who is 15% below ideal body weight is considered to be anorexic. However, not everyone who is of low-weight is anorexic; it is the refusal to keep a normal weight that makes a person anorexic. This fear is powerful enough to cause individuals to diet to the point of starvation. Starvation symptoms include low-blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, constipation, and constant chilliness.
The digestive system becomes damaged when a person has anorexia. The…
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