Diabetes Forecast

Type 1 Teens at Risk for Eating Disorders

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,


Struggles around food can sometimes turn into dangerous eating disorders for teens with type 1 diabetes. Researchers surveyed 477 type 1 teens about their eating behaviors; 431 of them also answered questions about body image. Half of the girls and nearly 1 in 5 boys reported behaviors such as cutting their insulin doses to avoid weight gain (what’s often called diabulimia) or binge eating. Of the entire group, 88 percent of the girls reported wanting to be thinner. Three-quarters of the boys also reported being dissatisfied with their bodies, with 43 percent wanting to be thinner and 33 percent wishing they had a larger body size. If you suspect your child has an eating problem, be sure to mention it to his or her doctor. 
Source: International Journal of Eating Disorders, published online Aug. 30, 2017

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