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Is bulimia only when you throw up your food, or can it be with laxatives too?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
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In brief: Refers to vomiting

Although both bulimia and laxative use are a form of purgatives, self induced vomiting is called bulimia, while laxative use is considered part of the binge/purge cycle.
Btw, excessive exercise fits into the "purge" category too.

In brief: Refers to vomiting

Although both bulimia and laxative use are a form of purgatives, self induced vomiting is called bulimia, while laxative use is considered part of the binge/purge cycle.
Btw, excessive exercise fits into the "purge" category too.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Both In Diagnosis

The official diagnosis of bulimia refers to any type of binge-purge cycle.
This includes self-induced vomiting as well as the use of laxatives or other types of purging behaviors. So, excessive laxative use along with binge eating could mean that a person has problems with bulimia.

In brief: Both In Diagnosis

The official diagnosis of bulimia refers to any type of binge-purge cycle.
This includes self-induced vomiting as well as the use of laxatives or other types of purging behaviors. So, excessive laxative use along with binge eating could mean that a person has problems with bulimia.
Dr. William Holmes
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