Anorexia Nervosa vs Bulimia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Tend to be underweight

Tend to be average weight

  • Rare vomiting or diuretic/laxative use
  • Frequent vomiting or diuretic/laxative abuse
  • More severe weight loss
  • Less weight loss
  • Slightly younger
  • Slightly older
  • More introverted
  • More extroverted
  • Hunger denied
  • Hunger experienced
  • Disorder may be considered normal and  source of esteem
  • Behavior considered foreign and source of distress
  • Sexually inactive
  • More sexually active
  • Obsessional and perfectionist features predominate
  • Avoidant, dependent, or borderline features as well as obsessional features
  • Amenorrhea
  • Death from hypokalemia or suicide
  • Death from starvation (or suicide, in chronically ill)
  • Menses irregular or absent
  • Drug/alcohol abuse, self-mutilation, and other behavioral problems