Are Eating Disorders More Prevalent in Females With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus When the Impact of Insulin Omission Is Considered?

Nutr Rev. 2001 Jun;59(6):179-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2001.tb07010.x.


Although prevalence estimates vary in women with type 1 diabetes mellitus, studies suggest the occurrence of eating disorders is comparable between women with and without diabetes mellitus. A new study examined the association between eating disorders and type 1 diabetes mellitus in 12-19-year-old females with diabetes for at least 1 year. Subjects with diabetes were 2.4 times more likely than controls (without diabetes) to have a clinical eating disorder and 1.9 times more likely to have a subthreshold eating disorder. Moreover, mean glycosylated hemoglobin was higher in subjects with diabetes who had an eating disorder (9.4%) compared with those with diabetes without an eating disorder (8.6%).

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / blood
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / complications
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors


  • Glycated Hemoglobin A