The Two Different Types of Anorexia

There are two different types of Anorexia that people suffer from; the first is restricting anorexia and the second, binge eating/purging anorexia. The underlying characteristics for both types are basically the same; with both types of anorexia the sufferer will have a total fear of weight gain.

The sufferer will also have a greatly distorted vision of there own body, they will always see themselves as being overweight even when they are no more than barely skin and bones.

Both types of anorexia may also include depression as a symptom and as a result of there denial of the problem it is often friends and relatives who are the first to notice and bring up the fact that they do indeed have an illness.

Anorexia is thought be a “women’s problem” but while it is true that it does affect more women than men; men do suffer from anorexia too. The disease most commonly occurs in young women between the age of 15 and 18 and often the onset usually occurs during adolescence, it can also occur in later life but this is rare. With the right kind anorexia treatments, the sufferer can recover but may takes months or sometimes years.

Binge/purging Anorexia

The anorexic suffering from bingeing anorexia will have the tendency to induce vomiting once they have eaten. The sufferer will eat and once digested they will immediately be overcome with a sense of guilt for the actions and will force themselves to be sick to rid themselves of the food.

This can lead to serious problems with the digestive system and in particular the oesophagus which due to the acid could burst or rupture. Another form of purging is with the use of laxatives many anorexics think that the use of laxatives can actually help lose weight but they are wrong as laxatives only work at the lower end of the bowel.

Restrictive Anorexia

The second type of anorexia is called restrictive, as the name suggests the sufferer will restrict the amount of food taken into the body, with this type of anorexia the sufferer won’t eat binge on food and then vomit, they just don’t eat.

The will have the same overall thoughts and feelings about how there body looks and will have the same fear that they are overweight, the same sense of worthlessness and they can be affected greatly by depression which goes hand in hand with anorexia.

The sufferer may also exercise sometimes to the extreme in the attempt to rid them selves of the fat they see themselves as having.

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17 Comments

  1. I am a freshman in high school and my best friend just started taking diet droppers/pills. She has lost 15 pounds in two weeks and eats small portions. Her modes have changed and she has become really sick. She was maybe 10 pounds over weight but not much at all!! She did not look fat. But she feels like she is. She has to keep on this diet for 21 more days. If she loses anymore weight i’m afraid she will get too sick. Is this any sign of anorexia?

  2. I do suffered from two anorexia more 14 years I went several physchoterapy I don’t know how to stop it I really need help

  3. im anorexic and have been struggling with eat for a little over 4 and a half months im 5 foot 2 and weigh 104 even though im told by doctors i will be hospialized i wont listen and wish i weighed a little less like 102.

  4. i was just recently admitted into hospital for anorexia. It has been a battle and i feel by reading this, its actually like a diary of my life. Everything that is written here is exactly what “anorexia” is.

  5. I have suffered from anorexia w/ binge purge tendancies have had 4 heart 3 strokes and over 100+ Hospitalizations in the last 5 years alone. I am 5’3 weighing 89lbs and dropping AGAIN!!! I was even on http://www.cbc.ca to try to get treatment. Unfortunatley the government wouldn’t allow me to stay there. You can see the news clips if you go the site and in the right hand corner search my name and you will see I was slightly succesful and needed more time =, but the government sent me home. Now, I have no resources and the Hospital where i Live won’t even tube feed me to help. I have electro-lyte imabalances, renal failure. Anotherwords in all the sense DYING. I need HELP!! Someone please, I am on permanent Disabilty and can’t afford my own..( Tears ) I can’t stop myself!!

  6. Im in 10 grade in del valle highschool & this information helped me in my anorexia project thankz alot!!:)

  7. I am young, Freshman in highschool and I have depression and Restricted Anorexia. The descriptions are really right. I started to lose weight in eight grade when i weighed 135 now a little under a year later I weigh 115 and im 5.6″ Im considered underweight. I exsesivlely workout out as well.

  8. I used this as an resource for my social studies project. dont worry i paraphrased no plagarisim going on. but this was very helpful thank you

  9. I don’t think that anorexia is necessarily as black and white as this. It depends very much on each person. I think that behaviorally they do tend to fall into one of these two habits, but they may experience either one from time to time.

  10. If you are very concerned with your weight and don’t eat very much at one meal or are picky about what you eat, is that Anorexia or is that something else? I’ve also lost 5 pounds since January, and can’t seem to gain that weight back and I just feel fat. I just really want to know if there is a name for this or if it is Anorexia.

  11. This is nonsense. The only ‘types’ of Anorexia are “Anorexia Nervosa” where the person suffers a mental illness and the other is medical “Anorexia” where a patient has a BMI of <17.5.

    Binge/purging behaviours would lead to a diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa. I suggest you do some proper research.

  12. I am 12 years old and I am not sure if I have number 2 im to scared to talk to my mom about and any one im scared they will think of me different I get depressed all the time and I think im fat but ever one says im not I never eat because I think im fat someone please help me :(

  13. When I go to my doctor she says that I am “a little overweight” and that she “doesn’t want to make me loose weight but that I should maintain it”…I don’t understand how or why this is… I don’t eat, if I do it is little to none; I skip my meals and sometimes I only eat a snack a day plus I’ve been taking diet/”weight loosing” pills and drinks, lie about having eaten/being full, I exercise at the gym to the point of being out of breath…yet with all I do I still see myself fat on the mirror, my classmates give me weird looks when I try to wear something a bit tight, and my weight increases instead of dropping! So I came to look for help because my mother is concerned with my lack of appetite and I don’t want her to think I am an anorexic person…yet I still don’t know the answer, I found similarities with my behavior but I guess I need it “crystal clear”, am I or am I not a anorexic person?