Eating Disorder is an illness that can cause significant problems in someone’s life. It is life threatening disorder that involves a person’s obsession with food, body weight, and shape. These obsessions could lead to death. Estimates regarding it’s prevalence have been estimated as high as “20 million woman and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life (Wade, Keski-Rahkohen, & Hudson. 2011). Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. A relatively obscure eating disorder (not formally recognized as a medical or psychiatric condition), Diabulimia, is drawing attention in the medical community.

Diabulimia is the intentional reduction of insulin (for those diagnosed as diabetic) to lose weight. “Taking insulin helps people with Type 1 diabetes absorb glucose, so it can be converted into energy or stored as fat. When they stop taking insulin, their bodies eliminate that glucose through pee. Instead, they get energy by breaking down fat stored in the body.“ Although  the person may lose weight, it can have some serious health consequences. Although this disorder is not widely prevalent, serious attention should be given to possible eating disorder symptoms for those on insulin, especially with up’s and down’s on their insulin levels. Doctors could be more focused on presenting symptoms of diabetes and not an underlining condition such as eating disorder. click for more