Different types of purging disorders

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Different types of purging disorders

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I often give lectures at local high schools and I get questions. Is purging only throwing up? And my answer is always no, throwing up is not the only way to purge. There are many different variety of ways to purge. You can use laxative abuse, excessive exercise, people that have diabetes can manipulate their insulin to lose weight. So there are a variety of different ways to purge. Purging by throwing up can cause a lot of problems with acidity that causes issues with their teeth and their esophagus. I have known people in their twenties that have purged and lost their teeth. Also, with laxative abuse, it can cause a lot of problems with electrolyte imbalances because of the loss of body fluids. And really with laxative abuse, minimal or no calories are lost. So what´s important to know is that any purging behavior can cause very serious damage to the person and can be life threatening and can cause death.

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Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Maggie Baumann is a marriage and family therapist in Newport Beach, California, specializing in treating eating disorders, addictions and trauma. Maggie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. As a woman in recovery from anorexia, she speaks on the topic of eating disorder prevention and treatment to a wide audience. She has been a featured guest on numerous national television shows on eating disorder awareness and quoted in newspapers across the country including the New York Times as well as in national magazines including Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. Her area of expertise within the eating disorder field is on “pregorexia”, a term describing a pregnant woman who is also struggling with an eating disorder. This is a life-threatening condition affecting the lives of both mom and her unborn baby. 

On a personal front, Maggie has been married 28 years and has two healthy grown daughters, Christine, 25 and Whitney, 24. Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience Maggie has encountered. Maggie enjoys staying active with healthy exercise and loves to be outdoors. Living one mile from the beach allows Maggie the luxury of enjoying the peace of the ocean. Photography, reading and spending time with her two kitties (who are really grown up cats) are other passions she appreciates doing in her leisure time.   

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