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What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia? Amount of Food, But Mostly Similar

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In a moment I’ll give an answer to the question “what is the difference between anorexia and bulimia?”

But first, a quote. There’s a quote, “Don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees.”

This quotes famous because it’s easy for all of us to lose sight of the big picture.

Sometimes I feel lonely. I used to feel shame for feeling lonely.

Yes, food can be difficult. But we zero in on the imperfections.

We humans obsess and get trapped in the negative.

We lose sight of the forest and get caught in the trees.

Food is just one aspect of life.

Yet, perhaps, your entire life revolves around food.

Look up.

You know that you’re not alone. You know that food struggles are common. And you already know there’s no reason to be ashamed.

Remember what your journey so far has taught you.

Patience, perseverance, willpower, discipline, and a ton of nutritional information.

Sure, a few pieces may be missing but don’t overlook the work you’ve put in. Give yourself credit.

Don’t get trapped.

You’re on a cliff overlooking a forest … a big, vast forest that represents the Totality of You.

But for whatever reason, your heads cranked down zooming in on a not-so-good looking tree.

A child just lost their life because of hunger, by the time you read this far. A mother just held her dying child because she couldn’t get enough food to feed her child.

There are bigger things in life than food.

So remember the forest.

Remember your birthright, to be eat food normally, to feel well and be healthy.

Remember this birthright – Your God-given and DNA genetic birthright that can never be taken away.

And heck – You already know life is bigger than you, so just don’t forget it 😊

So when you’re starting to ask and wonder, “what is the difference between anorexia and bulimia?” do so with an open mind.

Do so without panicking. There are options available.

Yes. It sucks. But don’t despair. Have hope. Remember, your birthright –

Hell, anyone’s birthright for that matter, is to be at peace and be normal with food.

This is your divine and genetic, god-given, DNA derived birthright.

A child, you, a partner, a parent, a friend, a sibling …

You all have that birthright, that light, within you

So don’t get caught in the trees.

The difference between anorexia bulimia is like a venn-diagram.

Honestly, there are more commonalities than differences.

Both anorexia and bulimics are coming from a place where they have incredibly, twisted and distorted thoughts about their self-worth and their body.

They beat the hell out of themselves. They get trapped in their thoughts. Harsh, demanding voices are heard internally. They get anxious.

To manage these negative mental thoughts and emotions, both bulimics and anorexics turn to food.

And so to answer to your question, “what is the difference between anorexia and bulimia?” –

Anorexia is where you essentially starve yourself, clinically speaking you lose 15% of your body weight. On the other hand, bulimia is where you’re at a normal weight.

That’s the biggest difference. Anorexia you stop eating, basically. Bulimia, you eat and then purge.

Now why don’t anorexia patients and bulimia patients weight the same?

I’ve had this question come up before. It’s a good question.

Because eating nothing is 0 calories. But isn’t eating and then throwing up too?

So if both eating nothing or eating/purging is 0 calories, why do anorexics lose weight while bulimics stay the same weight?

The answer is simple.

Most bulimics will continue to eat in other situations without throwing up. They’ll have breakfast. They’ll have lunch. For dinner they might get way too stressed with an upcoming test the next day and binge and purge, but they’ll still have eaten break and dinner.

Also, a small amount of calories can be consumed even after a purge.

I hope this answers that question. Let’s move on to summarize.

Both eating disorders are in attempt to lose weight. Both have incredible similarities. The only difference is the method.

For another post about the characteristics of families of eating disordered children, please read my blog here.

For another external resources on understanding “What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia?” you can read this article here by Magnolia.

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