People suffering from diabulimia (ED-DMT1) are diabetics (Diabetes Mellitus Type 1), deliberately refusing to take their insulin. Alike people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia, they are obsessed with weight loss. By manipulating the level of insulin in the blood, people with diabulimia try to prevent weight gain. In the same way as bulimia and other eating disorders, diabulimia poses serious risk to human health (e.g. menstrual disruption, gastroparesis and liver disease).

  • In the US more than 30% of women with type 1 diabetes between 15 to 30 years old struggle with diabulimia.
  • 1 young man in 10 struggles with diabulimia.
  • Patients with type 1 diabetes are 2.5 time more likely to suffer from diabulimia or any other eating disorder than other people are.
  • 90% of people with diabulimia are under 25 years old.