Anorexia Nervosa (Purging Type)

Anorexia Nervosa (Purging Type)

<!–written by : Marion Goertz,
DMin, RMFT

–>The mortality rate for Anorexics in the (purging type) category is twice as high as those in the restricting category because people within this subtype are at an even greater risk for medical complications.   Also, people within this subtype tend to exhibit behavior that is more impulsive.  There is a strong association between this subtype and Borderline Personality Disorder.  People with behaviors within the binging/purging subtype of Anorexia are more likely to engage in self destructive and impulsive behaviors such as shoplifting, suicidal gestures, substance abuse and self-injury. The “binges” in anorexia are usually different from the binges that will be later being discussed in the sections on Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.  The difference is that the Anorexic person does not usually consume a significant amount of food or calories during these subjective binges.  A “true binge” is as least 1,000 calories.

You do not have to recover alone from Anorexia Nervosa (Purging type) alone. Help is available at The Center For Growth. We are located in Center City Philadelphia.