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Is the use of laxatives for weight loss classified as an eating disorder?

Using laxatives to lose weight is considered an eating disorder. Laxatives are a short-term treatment for constipation. Inappropriate use, abuse and overuse of laxatives is classified as an eating disorder by many healthcare organizations, including the National Eating Disorders Association and the American Psychiatry Association. People with this disorder mistakenly think that using laxatives will help them lose calories, feel skinny and reverse the effects of binge eating. Using laxatives to lose weight can lead to serious health problems. If you think that you or a loved one may have a problem with laxative abuse, talk to your family doctor.
Tennie  McCarty
Addiction Medicine

The use of laxatives for weight loss is a form of bulimia, which is classified as an eating disorder. In this video, addiction specialist Tennie McCarty explains how laxative abuse falls under the category of bulimia.

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