Eating Disorders

Anorexia NervosaBulimia Nervosa
Severe restriction of food intake, Restrictive eating habits
Typically underweight
Typically none, or excessive exercise Infrequent meals, limited food variety Perfectionism, rigidity, withdrawal Nutritional rehabilitation, psychotherapy
episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors
Weight can be normal, overweight, or underweight
Purging behaviors (vomiting, laxative use), fasting, excessive exercise
Shame, guilt, impulsivity, mood swings
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, nutritional counseling, medication

Similarities 1: Distorted Body Image 2: Preoccupation with Food and Weight 3: Psychological Factors 4: Physical Health Consequences 5: Social and Interpersonal Impact