**Content warning: This post includes discussion of purging behaviors. Please use your discretion when reading and speak with your support system as needed.
A characteristic of certain kinds of eating disorders is a behavior called purging. The act of purging is often used as a way of compensating for food intake in order to influence body weight or shape. Purging is not specific to one kind of eating disorder and can occur in those experiencing bulimia, anorexia, and OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder). This behavior is very serious and requires professional help.
In this blog, we will discuss different types of purging, warning signs, physical effects, and treatment options.