The Danger Of Diabulimia

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(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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Diabulimia — when diabetics deliberately restrict their insulin for weight loss — offers perhaps the starkest example there is of the harsh “logic” of an eating disorder, an urge to lose weight so overwhelming that health no longer seems to matter. And according to the latest research, it's estimated to affect up to 1.4 million Americans.


Maryjeanne Hunt, author of the memoir "Eating to Lose: Healing from a Life of Diabulimia"

Carey Goldberg, WBUR's Commonhealth co-host.


WBUR "You could say it began with a big bowl of chocolate pudding. After days on a starvation diet, 14-year-old Maryjeanne broke down and devoured the whole bowl, spooning the forbidden chocolate sweetness into her mouth straight from the fridge."

This segment aired on February 12, 2013.


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