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A 33-year-old member asked:

Help please! is chewing and spitting a form of purging?

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Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Chew and spit: Yes. Chewing and spitting is the form of purging. Almost all eating disorders start with some form of restrictions intake. By chewing and spitting, calorie restriction occurd. Most importantly, ultimately protein intake is restricted, which ultimately causes much of the damage that occurs in eating disorders. Eating disorder usually ends up controlling you, rather than you controlling it.
Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 30 years experience
Also be aware that these behaviors activate natural acides in the food and in your saliva that can lead to permanent tooth damage.
Jul 18, 2013
Last updated May 8, 2016


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