Healthcare professional awareness of eating disorders in people with type 1 diabetes: a staff survey

Sarah Brewster, Helen Partridge, Caroline Cross, Hermione Price


Background: People with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of eating disorders. ‘Diabulimia’ is a term used in academic literature and social media to describe insulin omission/restriction in type 1 diabetes for fear of weight gain. The condition is associated with a significant increase in morbidity and mortality.

Aim: To determine healthcare professional awareness and knowledge of eating disorders in type 1 diabetes.

Method: A short, cross-sectional, online healthcare professional survey across primary, secondary and community settings.

Results: The study will report in 2020.

Discussion and Conclusion: Results from the survey will establish the awareness and knowledge of diabulimia amongst healthcare professionals, helping to inform the requirement for subsequent healthcare professional training on the identification, sign posting and referring of vulnerable individuals to specialist care as appropriate. These data are important in the subsequent development of services to support people with eating disorders in the context of type 1 diabetes.


type 1 diabetes, eating disorders, diabulimia, insulin omission, healthcare professionals

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