When you think about eating disorders, what is the first thing, that come to mind?
Dieting? Restricting? Binge eating… For me it is anorexia and bulimia – 2 scary eating disorders that can lead to tremendous amount of different scary side effects and cause death.
Anorexia and bulimia are both mental illnesses that involve food (eating and/or not eating) and evolve around heavy feelings and emotions.
They both focus on body perfection and controlling/ managing weight.
The main difference however between bulimia and anorexia is that bulimia involves hectic episodes of binge eating of forbidden food, followed by self-induced vomiting/excessive exercising/ using laxatives/ dieting. And anorexia is about severe restriction and dieting, that leads to whole body malnourishment and drastic weight loss. someone who has anorexia is extremely feared of fat, gaining weight, and calories.
To understand better the commonalities and differences between the two, watch the following video:
If you are suffering from unhealthy behaviors around food, such as restriction and dieting, binging, purging, have fear of weight gain and obsession with body image and looks, you might be struggling with bulimia or anorexia.
Understanding the differences between the two will help you to get on the right path or recovery.