Do I have Anorexia Or Bulimia?

This article is in response to a question asked on Y! Answers and can be found here.

It is important to note that Anorexia and Bulimia are very different disorders, with different symptoms and effects – both physical and psychological. In order to properly answer this question, let’s take a look at the core definitions of these two terms.


This is defined as an eating disorder that is made apparent through a restriction of food intake coupled with the constant fear of gaining weight. This fear is almost always irrational in nature and accompanied by minor to significant alteration of body image. This disorder typically occurs in the adolescent to early adulthood ages.


Bulimia is also an eating disorder, but is specifically characterized by the occurrence of binge eating, followed by an immediate discharge of any food intake. Often this discharge or binge is achieved through the use of medical aid (laxatives, etc). The occurrence of Bulimia in women is much higher than Anorexia, but is also considered to be less life-threatening, although still very dangerous.

Now that the two definitions are clearly explained, it can be said that the primary difference between the two disorders is as follows:

Anorexia The restriction of Dietary Intake
Bulimia The binge of Dietary Intake followed by a Purge

Hopefully that clarifies things – It is important to note that these are both very dangerous and life-threatening disorders.