3 doctors weighed in:
I've been struggling with staying thin and have been taking laxatives. Is that an eating disorder?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes,
Using laxatives to control your weight is considered an eating disorder. It doesn't work and it could really make you very sick.
At the minimum, you would disrupt the normal functions of the gastrointestinal system, regular bowel movements, but electrolyte imbalances could affect the functioning of many organs; particularly your heart. Please consult your physician for a good hx and pe and tests.

In brief: Yes,
Using laxatives to control your weight is considered an eating disorder. It doesn't work and it could really make you very sick.
At the minimum, you would disrupt the normal functions of the gastrointestinal system, regular bowel movements, but electrolyte imbalances could affect the functioning of many organs; particularly your heart. Please consult your physician for a good hx and pe and tests.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
47M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors