What Are The Similarities?
May develop as a way to cope with stress and anxiety.
Eating disorders appear to run in families with female relatives most often affected. While genetic factors may predispose some people to an eating disorder, other influences, both behavioral and environmental, may also play a role.
Individuals with anorexia tend to be “too good to be true.”
Keep their feelings to themselves
Tend to be perfectionists, good students, and excellent athletes.
Some researchers believe that people with anorexia restrict food to gain a sense of control or to cope with the problems of typical adolescence – growing up and becoming independent.
Controlling their weight appears to offer two initial advantages: they can take control of their bodies and gain approval from others.
Individuals with bulimia and binge eating disorder typically consume huge amounts of food to reduce stress and relieve anxiety. Purging only brings temporary relief and is followed by guilt and shame.
Individuals with bulimia tend to be impulsive and more likely to engage in risky behavior such as abuse of alcohol and drugs.