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Does starving or throwing up help you lose weight, and what are the consequences?

Dear Docter gourmet, i am a 13 year old wondering if my answers to these questions are the same as your answers?

I have a question that i hope i will get a respond to very soon because i am desperate to know. so here it goes...

question: does staving yourself make or help you loose weight and get thinner? and if so, what are the consequences? and i also have another very very important question..

question: does making yourself throwup help you loose weight or get thinner? and if so what are the consequences?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Starving yourself will make you lose weight but this can be a very dangerous way to go about it.

Don't do this.

Throwing up to lose weight is very dangerous and should never be done. It can kill you.

Don't do this.

If you want to lose weight and are struggling with how, discuss this with your parents and have them help you by making an appointment with your doctor to discuss a sensible plan.

Good luck,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS
Dr. Gourmet