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RESOURCE: Eating Disorders


The DiabetesSisters website has a great educational library full of resources for women with diabetes.  Be sure to check it out if you haven't already.

Today I'd like to highlight their pamphlet on Eating Disorders.  You'll find it here: https://diabetessisters.org/sites/default/files/Eating%20Disorders%20FINAL.pdf

Were you aware of diabulimia, BED and orthorexia?  Did you learn new information about any of these conditions from this sheet?

posted Sep 13, 2017 in Resource by KarenG (16,350 points)

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Hi! I just joined today. Funny that the first post that I found was about eating disorders. I'm definitely going to look at this when I'm not at work. I haven't been officially diagnosed but I'm a compulsive eater and I binge on chocolate/candy. I've even tried telling myself that as a diabetic, candy is going to make things a LOT worse, but in my mouth it goes without another thought. (Actually my other thought is...it's okay, I won't eat any tomorrow.)
answered Sep 14, 2017 by RaeNov (360 points)
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Chocolate and candy are so hard to resist!!  Thanks for telling us about your struggle, and I hope the Binge Eating section of this resource is helpful to you!
answered Sep 14, 2017 by KarenG (16,350 points)
I thing the brochure is beautiful.  It's encouraging to see that there are people, groups and agencies that are working hard to help women in their plight.  I appreciate the awareness that's highlighted in the brochure.   It does seem to focus on Type 1's and their eating disorders.  I was wondering, as I read it, what does research have to say about women with Type 2 and eating disorders?  I don't feel I have an eating disorder.  But I do, rarely, binge. It's usually associated with how I am feeling at the time.
This was not meant to be a reply, but a comment.  Sorry.
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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.
answered Sep 20, 2017 by janmosso (1,460 points)