Medical Definition of Purging disorder

Last Editorial Review: 12/6/2019

Purging disorder: an eating disorder that involves recurrent episodes of purging (self-induced vomiting, or misuse of laxatives, enemas, or diuretics) and/or compulsive exercise in an attempt to control weight or body size. It differs from bulimia in that there are no episodes of binge eating, and it differs from anorexia in that people with purging disorder are typically a normal weight.

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Joel Yager, MD, et al. Eating disorders: Overview of epidemiology, clinical features, and diagnosis. UpToDate. Updated Nov 16, 2018.
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