Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa are the most common eating disorders in the world. One in ten Americans suffer or have suffered from an eating disorder in their life. Disorders like these two listed are common in both females and males in their early stages of adulthood. The prevalence in women that suffer from bulimia are 0.3-0.5% , then for women who suffer from Anorexia is 1-3%. From this statistic, it is inferred that these two eating disorders have contrasting characteristics. Even though Bulimia and Anorexia are two types of binge-eating disorders, both have different contrasting effects on t he body such as physical changes to ones' body , Triggers, and negative effects physically and psychologically .
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder where a person is consumed with binge eating followed by extreme methods of pu rging. The physical changes to body are Puffiness in the face below cheekbones, swollen glands, and sometimes bursting blood vessels in the eyes. Bulimia triggers a person's body in ways that exhibit anxious behavior. Someone who has Bulimia Nervosa has less control over their food intake than a person who has Anorexia Nervosa. People who have Bulimia lack control over their daily intake , following extreme diets for example going a day without eating, in-combination with the impulse to eat a large amount of food. This eating disorder may result in negative effects on one's body physically and psychologically, such as heat failure, damage to esophagus and teeth. People who suffer from this eating disorder tend to display a perfectionism behavior and have a tendency to be highly self-critical.
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where a person fears weight gain and avoids eating, or eats small irregular food portions. A person with this eating disorder has physical changes in their body like loss of their hair, slow movements. Someone who is Anorexia Nervosa exhibits triggers such as compulsive controlling, for example their strict control over their food intake. Also, they tend to be consumed with analyzing the smallest things. This disorder effects the body negatively due to the cause of conditions it can cause such as Amenorrhea; which is the loss of one's menstrual cycle, osteoporosis, and infertility. Anorexia Nervosa causes one to become isolated from others, like their family and friends.
In conclusion, Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa are both self-destructive eating habits, but must be identified in different ways. They both have very contrasting physical characteristics that set them apart from one and another. Both can have different effects on one's body and daily functioning.