The Difference Between Bulimia, Anorexia & Binge Eating

Eating disorder treatment centers have shown that the growing incidences of people in the US and other developed countries who are either suffering from overeating or insufficient eating, are warped in a variety of physiological, psychological and emotional problems.

It has been seen that nearly 5-10 million people in the US are affected by eating disorders in the form of bulimia, anorexia and binge eating. Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the US affecting about 3.5 percent women and 2 percent men in the country. When it comes to binge eating, there is no control of a person over food consumption. An individual eats a large quantity of food than a normal person eats. This results in weight gain, irritable behavior, lethargy and obesity.

Binge eating draws parallels to bulimia nervosa. But in case of bulimia, the person tends to purge herself with laxatives, engages in over exercising or fasting. In BED (Binge Eating Disorder), such thing is not seen and secondly, binge eaters are either obese or overweight while bulimics are underweight or of normal weight.

Bulimia, a form of binge eating is followed by guilt-filled behavior that is vented out in the form of taking laxatives, enemas, diuretics and over exercising. There are two types of bulimia: the purging type and the non purging type. The purging type is the one who abuses laxatives, enemas and engages in self induced vomiting. The non-purging types are the ones who engage in fasting and extreme exercises. Bulimia is dangerous and can lead to a variety of health problems according to eating disorder treatment centers- dehydration, gastroparesis (delayed evacuation), infertility, ulcers, oral trauma in the form of lacerations in the throat due to putting fingers or objects in the mouth to induce vomiting, low blood pressure and dental problems.

Anorexia is an infamous eating disorder that is marked by the denial in a person to maintain a healthy body weight and a compulsive fear of getting fat due to distorted self image. It is due to a flawed perception that is influenced by the media to some extent about a thin, waif-like body. Anorexia can also have a lot of negative repercussions where the body may be deprived of important minerals and vitamins in the body that are necessary for the organ system to work at is optimum. There can be endless number of medical complications arising out of anorexia-cardiac arrest, edema, amenorrhea (missing periods), electrolyte imbalance, constipation, diarrhea, cavity problems, low libido, tooth loss, optic neuropathy, brain atrophy and leucopenia.

All the above three types of disorders which are more psychological in nature are treated by eating disorder treatment centers. It is to the credit of these professionally managed centers that a lot of medical complications that could have become worse have been nipped in the bud by the various treatment options that these centers provide. So do not brush eating disorders under the carpet; if anyone in your family or friendship circles is suffering from this problem, please make sure that she or he is rehabilitated at the earliest.

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