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What are the different types of bulimia?

There are two subgroups of anorexic behavior aimed at reducing caloric intake, including the following:
  • purging type - regularly engages in self-induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas, or other cathartics (medications, through their chemical effects, that serve to increase the clearing of intestinal contents).
  • non-purging type - uses other inappropriate behaviors, such as fasting or excessive exercise, rather than regularly engaging in purging behaviors to reduce caloric absorption of excessive amounts of food by the body.
Tennie  McCarty
Addiction Medicine

There are various forms of the eating disorder called bulimia, including binging and purging, exercise bulimia and laxative abuse. In this video, addiction specialist Tennie McCarty describes the different types of bulimia.

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