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Eating Disorders

There are many obvious similarities between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. The differences that do exist between the two help to differentiate them. In addition to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, there are other specified and unspecified eating disorders that have clinically significant symptoms. Thus, it is especially important to know the differences between the various eating disorders.

To prepare:

•Review this week's Learning Resources.

•Consider how issues of distorted body image and body dissatisfaction manifest themselves in different eating disorders.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a comparison (similarities and differences) of either anorexia or bulimia and one other eating disorder. Highlight the differences between the disorders that can help accurately distinguish between the two when making a diagnosis. Then, explain the role of culture in the development of eating disorders.

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Anorexia and Bulimia: A Comparison

Anorexia and bulimia are among the most familiar eating disorders we hear of in the media, in the social world and as a 'term' used to refer to an individual who encapsulate a certain physical 'look' (i.e., she's anorexic-thin, she's got a bulimic-habit of eating and throwing up). According to the NHS (2016), "Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental health condition. It's an eating disorder where a person keeps their body weight as low as possible. People with anorexia usually do this by restricting the amount of food they eat, making themselves vomit, and exercising excessively. The condition often develops out of an anxiety about body shape and weight that originates from a fear of being fat or a desire to be thin. Many people with anorexia have a distorted image of themselves, thinking they're fat when they're not." This condition often affects girls and women but can be found in boys and men too. It usually develops at around 16 or 17, when the teens begin to be aware of their body changes, the opposite sex and enter a later phase in puberty towards young adulthood. A combination of psychological, biological and environmental factors can come together leading to anorexia.

Bulimia meanwhile according to the NHS (2016), "is an eating disorder and mental health condition. People who have bulimia try to control their weight by severely restricting ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of comparing and discussing anorexia and bulimia. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A Venn diagram has been added in the word version.