We are Back in Pakistan our Fifth Stop Educating Shop Owners on Laxative Abuse


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Dear Readers,


We are still in Pakistan. This time we educated shop owners, drug store owners, pharmacies on Eating Disorders. Our aim was to make them aware of laxative abuse and on signs and symptoms of eating Disorders. Abusing laxatives in an attempt to control body weight is generally a sign of a serious eating disorder. Using laxatives for an extended period of time can lead to very negative health consequences. Laxatives are not designed for weight loss and can cause serious, sometimes irreversible, damage.


Extensive laxative abuse can cause:

  • Dehydration.  Dehydration can cause weakness, blurry vision, fainting, kidney damage, and (in cases of severe dehydration) death.
  • Electrolyteimbalance.  Electrolytes are minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, etc.) that are in body fluids in very precise amounts and ratios.  Electrolytes are responsible for proper functioning of nerves and muscles. Laxative abuse can upset a person’s electrolyte balance and cause improper functioning of vital organs, like the heart!
  • Laxativedependence.  This is when the colon requires larger and larger doses of laxatives to produce bowel movements.  People often become so dependent on laxatives that their body loses the ability to produce bowel movements on it’s own without the aid of laxatives.


We asked pharmacies to be mindful of  people who purchase enemas, laxatives and weight loss aids. We have asked them to  advice people on consequences and encourage them to use them under the supervision of their doctor.Also there should be a regulation on sales of laxatives, enemas and weight loss pills to young people.


Once again my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who’s helped me. Ali from Mardan thank you for taking the message to people on streets. Bless you all.


Educating Shop Owners



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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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