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How unhealthy is it to make yourself underweight by purging?

How unhealthy is it to make yourself underweight by purging?

VERY: See you doctor, school counsellor, psychiatrist, parent, friend, or someone you can talk to for help right away. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Purging (Definition)

Purging is a symptom in which a person clears his body of "undesirable" stuff, usually meaning intention vomiting to empty the stomach, but can also be the clearing of his bowels by using laxatives. The eating disorder called bulimia involves rapid over-eating (binging), followed ...Read more


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Does purging contribute to being underweight or just maintaining?

Can be either.: Weight ultimately is the result of calories in vs. Calories out. Purging (vomiting or laxitvie abuse) or even intense exercise compensates for the massive calorie overload that can occur with binging. Some maintain normal weight that way; others develop what is called buliarexia, where they are binging but become markedly underweight with distorted body image like anorexics. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to make yourself underweight?

Is it unhealthy to make yourself underweight?

Depends how: "ideal weight" is subscience / entertainment. Many elite athletes, especially runners, have light, amazingly efficient muscle and no body fat. This is great and it's fine. If you simply starve yourself in the hopes of improving your definition, and aren't doing healthy exercise, you'll end up disappointing yourself but it's a risk to health only if you're abusing your body. Talk with your dr. ...Read more

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Is being underweight necessarily unhealthy?

Is being underweight necessarily unhealthy?

No: How do you FEEL? The "ideal weight" charts are subscience. You're a person, not a number. Many elite track-and-field athletes are "underweight". If you can stay competitive in your favorite sport and feel okay, stop worrying. If you want to put on muscle, eat sensibly and do resistance training daily on different groups. ...Read more

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Fiancée has unhealthy relationship with food. Continuously trying to lose weight. Borderline underweight. Struggling to persuade to seek help. Help?

Fiancée has unhealthy relationship with food. Continuously trying to lose weight. Borderline underweight. Struggling to persuade to seek help. Help?

Your Relationship: Eating disorders in people we love can be so scary and painful. In terms of getting your fiancé help, probably the best thing to do is spend time with her and let her know your concerns in a way that won't offend her. This can be very difficult because she will most likely be defensive. Your relationship is key in how she takes it. Support yourself. Best luck to both of you. ...Read more

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Is it healthy or unhealthy to drink 60ml olive oil a day. I'm underweight by genetic factors, I exercise and I find it hard to eat enough calories?

Is it healthy or unhealthy to drink 60ml olive oil a day. I'm underweight by genetic factors, I exercise and I find it hard to eat enough calories?

Unhealthy: First you have not shared how many calories you are consuming or burning. Thus any answer here will not be helpful. It will be generic. Fat calories do not build muscle or tissue. It is the wrong kind if calories to consume to put on healthy weight. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i want to join the army but im underweight by 1kg and i just can't pack on weight. Help?

What do you suggest if i want to join the army but im underweight by 1kg and i just can't pack on weight. Help?

Ask the recruiter: Body mass index was never intended to be applied to individuals. Does anybody want to tell photo guy that he's "not physically fit"? Start doing resistance training, take some creatine to build skeletal muscle, and i hope your career in the service is a great one. ...Read more