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A 33-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 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 29 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

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is bingeing less bad than purging?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Both are bad: Hard to choose between binging and purging: both can really mess up your body and even cause death. There are people who only binge; they end up massively obese. Purging, whether by vomiting or use of laxitives, may keep the weight under control but puts a lot of strain on the GI system and the body in general, which then can lead to other health problems.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long do you need to be purging for it to start causing bad side effects?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics 41 years experience
Eating disorder: It all depends on what you mean by binging and purging. It is possible for purging to result in a esophagus tear which could bleed, electrolytes like potassium are very important especially for heart rhythm could cause lethal problems. Usually these problems aren't severe the first time you purge-but they could be. Please confide your disorder to a trusted adult and a physician and seek help asap.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between bingeing and just purging?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Different entirely: Binging is the act of overeating to excess. Purging is the act of vomiting after this to lose weight.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop daughersbinging and purging?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Find expert help: The binging and purging of bulimia is a serious medical problem and can lead to seizures and heart attacks. But it takes a specialized eating disorders program that combines medical and psychiatric evaluation and observation and often medication, with individual and group counseling with therapists with experience in dealing with the problem.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Are dentists able to tell if I have been purging, after one month?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Unlikely, however...: Repeated purging, which brings the acidic content of your stomach into your mouth. It will not only hurt your esophagus but will progressively eat away at the enamel of your teeth . Once the enamel is injured, it makes getting cavities much more likely.

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