Anorexia nervosa (which we commonly refer to simply as ‘anorexia’) is the least common but most publicised of all the eating disorders. People with anorexia restrict their food intake and lose weight as a result.
Bulimia nervosa (commonly referred to as ‘bulimia’) involves bingeing and purging – so a sufferer will eat large amounts of food and then they will use different strategies to remove the calories from their body. People with bulimia are often very ashamed and secretive about their behaviours and their weight is often within a healthy range so it can be a very hard illness to spot.
Binge eating disorder is similar to bulimia but without the purging – consequently sufferers gain weight, sometimes very rapidly.
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