Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are the most common eating disorders found worldwide. Many people in this world have suffered one or both of these eating disorders. Anorexia and Bulimia occur in both males and females, but females are more likely to develop any of these eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are similar but also different in many ways. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa typically begin after a period of dieting by people who are fearful of becoming obese.
In addition, these two eating disorders occur in adolescent females of all ages. In the same way, both disorders share a similar cycle in a way that both have a way to eliminate what these people have eaten. Serotonin is known as a brain chemical, during any of these eating disorders; it is known to play a big part in peoples depression and hunger perception. Furthermore, both Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa can be deadly; they can kill people who have these disorders. Likewise, people can recover from them by doing physical and/or psychological therapy.
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that restricts foods and makes people scared of gaining weight; it is considered a mental illness. However, it is not to be confused with “Anorexia” which means loss of appetite or no interest in food. Anorexia Nervosa only occurs in females in mid-adolescent years. Anorexia Nervosa can cause metabolic and hormone disorders in a female’s body. There are many symptoms that people should be aware of that people with Anorexia Nervosa exhibit, such as dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, and lack of energy. Despite the symptoms, this eating disorder can also cause stress.
Anorexia Nervosa has three key factors: refusal to maintain body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image. People with Anorexia Nervosa restrict foods on themselves to make them feel better. On the other hand, Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is defined by binge eating and purging. Even though it is considered a psychological disorder, it is found more often in females in late adolescent years. People with Bulimia Nervosa consume large amounts of foods in short periods of time, and after they eat, they purge it all out.
These people purge their foods by vomiting and/or doing excessive exercise; they also consume lots of diet pills and use laxatives. Bulimia Nervosa can dehydrate these people because of all the purging they do. It can also lead to having low potassium; which in turn may lead to kidney failure, and irregular heartbeat. People with this disorder only binge and purge to please others. They also have a difficult time controlling their pulse and keeping friends. They have to change friends and relationships frequently. In addition, they get bored and frustrated easily.
People with this disorder have many dental problems, due to the acid they bring up when they purge. In conclusion, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa have some similarities and differences. We may see many people with these disorders, but we should not feel sympathy, but feel empathy; try to understand why they do it and try to help. It is not easy to live with these kinds of disorders because they can be stressful, not only to the person with the disorder but also to the person helping. It can also be dangerous to the mind and body.