Anorexia and Bulimia

Statistics and Differences

Even though they have a lot in common, many people aren’t aware of the differences between anorexia and bulimia. They are so similar that many anorexia situations lead to bulimia. Also, both are physical and mental diseases. People suffering from anorexia are eating. However, they are eating the minimal amount. This low alimentation is caused by their fear of both, food and gaining weight. Anorexia nervosa is a disorder where people affected have a low self-esteem and they see their body way bigger than the reality. On the other hand, bulimics are trying to eat less, but at some point, the restriction leads to an overdose of food. Afterward, they are feeling a lot of guilt, so they make themselves vomit to remove all the calories that they ingested previously. They become addicted to this approach and they are stuck in a vicious circle. Something we often don’t know is that compare to anorexics, bulimics tend to have a normal weight due to the calories consumed during binges. As a matter of fact, both anorexia and bulimia are more common in cultures where there is no lack of food and witch being thin is associated with attractiveness. For example, North America and Europe. Anorexia nervosa usually starts in mid adolescence and bulimia nervosa is in late adolescence or adulthood. Anorexics often cause an absence of menstrual period. Also, the death-rate for anorexia is around 5% for a period of 10 years. The mortality rate for bulimia disease is actually very low. In fact, almost 50% of people with eating disorders have also depression problems. As you can see, both disorders are terrible but anorexia nervosa can lead to a lot of bad effects on a human body and it can also cause death.

Valérie Sicotte