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Posts Tagged “Purging”

August 24, 2021

How Dangerous Is Purging, and How Does Purging Affect The Body?

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**Content warning: This post includes discussion of purging behaviors. Please use your discretion when reading and speak with your support system as needed.

Purging is a compensatory behavior experienced by many people with eating disorders. It refers to the act of compensating for or expelling food intake to influence body weight or “make up for” consuming calories. Purging is most commonly associated with self-induced vomiting but also includes the misuse of laxatives, diet pills, and diuretics, as well as excessive exercise. This is seen across eating disorder diagnoses, including bulimiaanorexia, and OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder).