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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can avoiding insulin injections to lose weight be classified as an eating disorder?

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Dr. Aletha Tippett
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Skipping Insulin to lose weight is extremely unhealthy & potentially dangerous. Though not recognized as a diagnosis, this type of behavior is sometimes referred to as "diabulimia." it most certainly is categorized as disordered eating. Anyone who engages in this behavior should notfiy the doctor who manages their diabetes and seek help from a professional specializing in eating disorders.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: It is an unhealthy behavior need help.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yikes: That is more like slow suicide than choosing a specific label for the condition. Anyway, weight loss from untreated Insulin dependent diabetes is futile since restarting Insulin after the weight loss will result in reacquisition of the weight. Talk to your doctor about healthy ways to lose weight.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how i can lose weight healthily if I have an eating disorder?

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Dr. Romana Zvereva
Psychiatry 9 years experience
Food journal: I suggest to begin food journal first. Drink a full glass of water before each meal. Exercise regularly. The best programs showing results for weight loss is jenny craig and atkins. If you think losing weight will help you to feel better about yourself, you should began seeing a therapist. Weight loss will not imprve your self esteem it will only continue the vicious cycle.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to lose weight after having and overcoming an eating disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Clarity needed: Yes, it might be possible to lose weight safely after overcoming an eating disorder -- but before doing so, please see your therapist or psychiatrist. This is to make sure your eating d/o is in stable remission, and that your current plans are not a relapse. Also, you can ask for possible referrals to a nutritionist and/or trainer who's experienced with eating d/o's, who can help you.

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Last updated May 26, 2016

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