Eating disorders are the definitions of food and weight issues that adults, children and adolescents experience. Both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are characterized by an intense fear of weight gain and low self-esteem.
What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is most often characterized by extreme weight-loss. Most individuals with anorexia have a distorted body image and may be convinced they are fat even if they are emaciated. These individuals typically have an intense fear of weight gain and may restrict their food intake to the point of starvation.
What is bulimia nervosa?
Bulimia nervosa is characterized by periods of secretive and/or uncontrollable binge eating. This behaviour may be followed by attempts to purge the body of the unwanted food by laxative abuse, self-induced vomiting, use of diet pills, food restriction or excessive exercise.