Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa
Compare and Contrast Essay
There are many disorders that can be detained within the human body. One of the most common disorders are eating disorders in which people feel the need to starve themselves, binge, or binge and purge. This simply means the person will stop eating completely or they will eat large amounts of food and force themselves to get rid of all the food in their bodies by vomiting, using laxatives, diet pills, and etc. Two of the most common eating disorders are Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa. Though these two disorders have many similarities, they are also different in many ways.
Bulimia is an eating disorder in which a person eats a large amount of food all at once then uses different techniques, such as vomiting, to prevent weight gain. The symptoms of Bulimia are not very hard to notice. In Bulimia, binging may occur several times a day for many months. Other symptoms that can be noticed by others are compulsive exercise, eating large amounts of food or buying large amounts of food that disappear quickly, and the disposal of laxatives, diet pills, drugs that cause vomiting, or diuretics. Signs of Bulimia can be noticed through dental exams as well as physical exams. A dental exam may show where the enamel of the teeth may be worn away or pitted because of the exposure to vomiting often. A physical of the body may include signs such as dry mouth, rashes, and broken vessels in the eyes from straining to vomit, and small cuts and calluses at the top of the finger joints from forcing oneself to vomit. Those who have Bulimia do not have to go to the hospital unless they have anorexia, are in a major stage of depression, or if they have to use drugs to prevent them from purging. A stepped approach is mostly used for people with bulimia. One approach used is called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an approach that addresses the patient’s emotions, behaviors, and cognition through a series of...