Main difference between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa lies in: March 2013

Main difference between anorexia nervosa
and bulimia nervosa lies in:
March 2013
a) Symptomatology
b) Weight
c) Gender
d) Age
Correct Answer - B
Ans. B i.e. Weight
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia
Both anorexia nervosa and bulimia are characterized by an
overvalued drive for thinness and a disturbance in eating behavior.
The main difference between diagnoses is that anorexia nervosa is
a syndrome of self-starvation involving significant weight loss of 15
percent or more of ideal body weight, whereas patients with bulimia
nervosa are, by definition, at normal weight or above.
Bulimia is characterized by a cycle of dieting, binge-eating and
compensatory purging behavior to prevent weight gain.
Purging behavior includes vomiting, diuretic or laxative abuse.
Excessive exercise aimed at weight loss or at preventing weight gain
is common in both anorexia nervosa and in bulimia.