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NHS therapy to tackle rare eating disorder caused by harmful social media 

15th March 2019

A new NHS service for the rare and serious eating disorder, diabulimia, will be piloted as part of The NHS Long Term Plan’s commitment to deliver a step change in mental health treatment.

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 and amputations.

Joining up treatment for diabetes and mental ill health in London and the South Coast will provide therapy for hundreds of people to help deal with unrealistic body images amid increasing concerns about the potential damage social media can have on young peoples’ mental health.