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Hundreds of people will receive therapy to counteract the impact of harmful social media, as part of a new NHS service for the rare eating disorder diabulimia.
Patients will be coached to deal with unrealistic body images amid increasing concerns about the potential damage social media can have on young peoples’ mental health.
Diabulimia is a condition where people with Type 1 Diabetes restrict their insulin intake to lose weight and can lead to serious complications including blindness & amputations. It is most common in young people aged between ages 15 and 30.
Responding to growing awareness of the potentially deadly condition, NHS England has announced that it will pilot services joining up treatment for diabetes and mental ill health in London and the South Coast. The new service comes as the NHS Long Term Plan has committed to deliver a step change in mental health treatment and a renewed focus on children and young people’s health.Patients who are referred to the new services will also be offered daily structured meal planning and clinical support to manage their insulin intake as well as therapy. The services which mark a major step forward in the improved recognition of the condition will begin later this year and if successful, more services will be rolled out across the country. 2 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men with Type 1 diabetes are thought to have diabulimia.