Laxative abuse is defined as a use (or overuse) of laxatives over a long period of time, and used a means of weight control. Laxative abuse is most common among bulimics (although not exclusive) as a way of purging. There are two main types of laxatives, stimulant laxatives and bulk-forming laxatives. Stimulant laxatives irritate the colon to induce bowel movements (and are not recommended for use greater than one week) and Bulk-forming laxatives add mass and volume to the bowel movement. Continual over stimulation of the intestines from laxative abuse can eventually cause the bowels to become non-responsive. Laxatives DO NOT help you lose weight.
Reasons for laxative abuse are:
Over a period of time, laxatives lose their effectiveness and actually start working against you. Some of the adverse side effects of laxative abuse include:
Diuretics come in a pill form, as do stimulant laxatives, and they are used to rid the body of fluid. They act on the kidneys to increase the flow of urine. They are NOT intended for weight loss. Actually, it only reduces the amount of water in the body, and water in the body is vital for the appropriate functioning of all systems. Anorexics, bulimics, and some binge eaters use them as a "quick fix," an attempt to control weight, or to lose weight. However, if diuretics are misused, there is a high risk of developing several serious side effects.
Some adverse side effects of diuretic abuse include:
Both prescription and over the counter (OTC) are one of the most dangerous and unhealthy ways to lose weight. The scariest of aspect of (OTC) diet pills is that they are readily available in grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, health food stores, etc to everyone, including children and teens. Similar to other addictions, individuals will start to take the pills as recommended, but may then start abusing them and become dependent on them. Natural (herbal) diet pills are just as dangerous and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. All diet pills, whether prescriptions or OTC, act as a stimulant to the Central Nervous System, and can lead to the development of very serious and dangerous side effects.
Some adverse side effects of diet pill abuse include:
Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as too much exercise. Compulsive exercise is another way to "purge" calories, and can be as dangerous as anorexia and bulimia. The main goal when an individual is suffering from compulsive exercise can be burning calories, relieving the guilt from eating/binging, or to give them the permission to eat. The exercise may give the person a sense of control, power, and self-respect. Most over exercise is done IN SECRET and away from prying eyes, and can also be a form of punishment.
Signs and Symptoms:
There are serious side effects associated with Compulsive Exercise: