Because each disorder is serious and can be deadly, it is important for people to understand each one individually in order to be able to distinguish between the two.
Anorexia is a psychological disorder consisting of the refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for one’s age and height.
A person with bulimia will usually have a normal weight.
Binge-eating is present in one hundred percent of all bulimics.
Medical issues are yet another area where Anorexia and Bulimia differ.
For instance, with the constant bingeing and purging, Bulimics can suffer from decaying teeth and even stomach and esophagus problems, all stemming from the regurgitation of stomach acids.
There are some similarities in the two eating disorders, but they are not necessarily two sides of the same nervosa coin.
Both Anorexia and Bulimia have the same underlying cause – low self-esteem.
People with anorexia often have an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat even though they are underweight.
Anorexia is diagnosed when there is an absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles.