The pamphlet on Eating Disorders was very information.
I learned and was surprised that eating disorders are more common in women with diabetes than those without diabetes. I also learned that eating disorders are the most common cause of death of all mental health disorders.
I did not know before reading the pamphlet the names of the three disorders discussed: diabulimia, binge eating disorder, and orthorexia. The descriptions of the symptoms of these disorders made me realize that I had experienced some of the symptoms when I was younger.
When I was a teen, I tried not taking insulin and eating anything I wanted to lose weight. However, I hated the way I felt and experienced DKA. So that put an end to that. I had periods of binge eating until I was uncomfortable in my 20's and 30's. I knew it was bad for me, but I could not control myself. Over the years however, I just stopped feeling the urge to binge eat. Maybe I outgrew it or my self esteem and confidence improved. I can't identify a turning point or an experience that turned me around.
These days, and for quite some time, I am focused on eating a super healthy diet based on nutrition information from online research. I often go out of my way to obtain and make healthy foods. However, I don't have any of the dysfunctional symptoms of orthorexia described, and have never experienced malnutrition.
The pamphlet provided a lot of valuable and interesting information without giving an information overload. I also appreciated the several resources shown at the end of the pamphlet.