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Anorexic and Bulimic Eating Disorders

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Give 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 why you think EDNOS is a more common diagnosis than anorexia or bulimia.

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(1) Give a comparison (similarities and differences) of either anorexia or bulimia, and one other eating disorder.

Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are generally attributed to factors associated with culture, society and genetics. These disorders are characterized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000), "as severe disturbances in eating behavior that are characterized by the individual being preoccupied with body size and weight, which leads to unhealthy choices in efforts to control weight" (p. 583).

(a) Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa involves intense fear of gaining weight, disturbed body image, and dangerous measures to lose weight. Features of the anorexic individuals include a tendency to "refuse to maintain a minimally normal body weight, is intensely afraid of gaining weight, and exhibit a significant disturbance in the perception of the shape or size of his or her body" (DSMIV-TR, 2000, p. 583). Moreover, based on DSM features, Anorexia develops in an individual during early childhood or early adolescence in a way that can result in a failure to maintain body weight, while growing in height. Individuals fear gaining weight, or becoming fat, so that body weight and shape are distorted (p. 584).

(b) Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized as a ...

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This solution compares the differences and similarities of anorexia and Bulimia, and another eating disorder. It accurately identify differences that can be used in diagnosis.

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