Thank you. I don't gain weight because I also don't eat enough calories including anything I get with chewing and spitting. I also exercise, but I wouldn't say in excess when looked at alone, but in relation to the calories I take in, then yes, I might exercise too much. In fact, I am in a battle to not lose weight.
I was wondering about the dental problems too. What is the mechanism for it to cause teeth problems? Is it bringing up all of the enzymes in the saliva? Or the types of food people choose to chew and spit?
Chewing and spitting out food is in The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. It is under Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified. Over my 27 years of treating eating disorders, I have known numerous teeth problems of those who chew and spit up. It is also common for those individuals to gain weight, not realizing the calories they do ingest. I am not familiar with it causing diabetes.
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Patricia Pitts, PhD
The Bella Vita
Los Angeles, California