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J Health Psychol. 2019 Nov 21:1359105319888262. doi: 10.1177/1359105319888262. [Epub ahead of print]

Disordered eating behaviours, body image and social networking in a type 1 diabetes population.

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University of Nottingham, UK.
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK.


The purpose of this study was twofold: to examine predictors of disordered eating behaviours and body image dissatisfaction, including social networking, among type 1 diabetes population, and to qualitatively explore the relationship between type 1 diabetes management and body image. A convenience sample of 121 type 1 diabetes patients (F = 106; Mage = 36 ± 6.5) was collected via online questionnaires, of which 98 patients responded to two open-ended questions. Young age and negative body image explained 58.8 per cent of disordered eating variance, while body weight and social networking negatively contributed to poor body image (29.9%). Qualitative analysis revealed three themes: no control over body weight, limitation in clothing options and discomfort towards medical equipment.


adults; body image; eating behaviour; social network; type 1 diabetes


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