Eating disorders in patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

J Clin Psychiatry. 1986 Nov;47(11):547-50.


The frequency of anorectic/bulimic disturbances in a sample of male and female subjects with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus was compared to that of male and female normal controls. The results suggest an overrepresentation of anorexia/bulimia in the female diabetics. Prevalence of eating disorders was determined from the scores on the Eating Attitudes Test. As a group, the female diabetics had significantly (p less than .05) higher scores on the test, suggesting a greater "awareness" of topics related to food and eating. The results are discussed within a risk-factor model, in which insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus may be viewed as one factor in the development of eating disorders.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Anorexia Nervosa / complications
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis*
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Bulimia / complications
  • Bulimia / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Factors