Anorexia and Bulimia
The eating disorders bulimia and anorexia have many similarities. For example, they are both characterized by an obsession with one's weight and the use of extreme measures to control eating behaviors. They can affect both men and women, and no social group, economic class, or culture is immune. Both disorders are often associated with other psychological disorders, such as depression and addiction.
Bulimia and anorexia are two types of eating disorders. Eating disorders are complex, long-term illnesses largely misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Anorexia and bulimia are on the rise -- both in the United States and worldwide.
No one knows exactly what causes these conditions. However, all socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural groups are at risk.
Research shows that more than 90 percent of those who have anorexia and bulimia are women between the ages of 12 and 25. However, increasing numbers of older women and men are developing these disorders. In addition, hundreds of thousands of boys are affected.
These eating disorders often are long-term illnesses that may require long-term treatment. In addition, they frequently occur with other mental disorders, such as depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders. The earlier bulimia or anorexia is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances are for full recovery.
(Click Eating Disorders to read more about eating disorders in general.)