Recently eating disorders in our community have been highlighted through social media and on television. Diabulimia happens when those with type one diabetes avoid taking insulin.
From a recent study, a third of type one adolescents with type one diabetes that were surveyed are at risk of developing an eating disorder related to diabetes. This study was led by Professor Paul Hofman which surveyed 300 young people that were 12 to 25 years of age.
From this study, Hofman was able to identify that 12 year olds were at high risk. Maori and Pacific were also at a higher risk in comparison to European youth.
“There was a really major ethnicity issue. So the odds of having an eating disorder for Māori was about twice as much and Pacific Islander about five times as much.” Hofman also mentioned to Radio NZ that although this was a small study he is confident that it is a fair representation of what is happening around the county.
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