Anorexia is a disorder in which a person´s self-image and body awareness are changed to such an extent that weight loss has become the centre of their thoughts and actions. Despite often being significantly underweight, sufferers see themselves as being “too fat”. They develop a fear of putting on weight and very restrictive eating behaviors. Further means of achieving weight loss may include vomiting, misuse of laxatives and excessive exercise.
The main characteristics of Bulimia are episodes of of voracious hunger or binge eating, usually followed by self-induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives. Episodes of binge eating are often triggered by stress, but can also become habitual. Sufferers will often think constantly about issues relating to food, body weight, diet and body shape.
The characteristics of Binge Eating are intermediate periods of voracious hunger and eating attacks including the loss of a conscious control over the eating behavior. Sufferers here often do not vomit, leading to overweight in the long term.