Eating Disorders + Body Image with Type 1 Diabetes
WRITTEN BY: BT1 Editorial Team
Type 1 diabetes forces us to watch every crumb we eat. This constant focus on food can easily lead to disordered eating, struggles with body image and an overall funky relationship with food.
Common struggles around food and type 1 diabetes might include: binge-eating during every low blood sugars, purging after eating, restricting your calorie intake, or skipping insulin doses. If you are struggling in any way with your relationship with food, you’re not alone.
Here are resources to help you find treatment for disordered eating as a person with diabetes:
Diabulimia + Eating Disorders 101
What is Diabulimia?What are the warning signs of the type 1 eating disorder "diabulimia"? What are the best forms of treatment? What behaviors or psychological characteristics can put a person with Type 1 at a higher risk for developing it?
Help Your Loved One with a Type 1 Diabetes Eating DisorderDrawing on a series of recent interviews and over fifteen years of research and clinical experience with this unique phenomenon, author Ann Goebel-Fabbri provides groundbreaking insight into the lives of women who have recovered from eating disorders in type 1 diabetes.
Your Relationship with Food
Honesty: How this Type 1 Overcame DiabulimiaIn a fit of rebellion and rage, I stopped taking all of my necessary insulin and started keeping my blood sugars high on purpose. What started out as an attempt to avoid having low blood sugars became a dangerous eating disorder that nearly cost me everything.
My Type 1 Truth: Shedding Light on DiabulimiaOne woman's experience with her T1D proves different than most with the addition of a serious, significant challenge. She is now determined to be sure her story is heard so that others can learn from it.
Life with a T1D Eating DisorderShelby Charles lived with type 1 diabetes for years and used it as a weight loss tool before understanding just dangerous her habits had become.
Diagnosis + Diabulimia: QiQi’s JourneyEating disorders aren't discussed much in the diabetes world. Qiana shares her story about diabulimia to normalize the discussion about eating disorders.
Community Table: Eating Disorders + DiabetesEvery month, all year long, Beyond Type 1 will be hosting conversations around under-discussed issues facing the diabetes community. January featured a conversation about Eating Disorders and Diabetes, recapped here.
Body Image + Body Dysmorphia
I Don’t Want to Hate My Body AnymoreAs a nursing student, I understand what the lack of care towards this disease can do to a human being. I also am well aware that no one is invincible and anyone can be taken at the drop of a hat by this disease.
Body Image + Stigma in DiabetesFour panelists discuss body image and stigma they have faced in the diabetes community as part of the Beyond Type 1 September Summits.
If you have type 1 diabetes, it is likely that you will experience any of the following: stress, diabetes distress, burnout, diabulimia and/or depression.
Julie Vagle struggled with an eating disorder and her stress was compounded by a T1D diagnosis. She had to undergo recovery in order to make peace with both.
According to Dr. Lawrence Fisher, Research Director at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), Diab...