Parliamentary inquiry launched on type 1 diabetes and eating disorders
Published on 6 July 2022
The Houses of Parliament (pictured) where an inquiry has been launched into eating disorders in type 1 diabetes.
Sir George, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, said: “We see this as an important step towards better understanding this serious condition and, we hope, to make suggestions as to how those experiencing it can be helped more effectively.”
Theresa May said: ‘Living with diabetes doesn’t change what you can do but it does take some adjusting to. For those with type 1 diabetes, it must be particularly challenging which is why we need to raise awareness of the issue; better understand the causes and help identify all those who might be struggling with this very difficult and upsetting condition.”
Several evidence sessions will take place throughout the summer, to set out ambitious recommendations to ensure the NHS and healthcare system is better equipped to tackle the complexities of living with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder.
Giving evidence in this inquiry is Bournemouth University PhD student Ariella Thompson, who said: “As someone living with type 1 diabetes, who has struggled with disordered eating, and who also researches in this area, I'm intimately aware of how difficult living with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder can be.
“My aim in talking about my experiences has always been to help other people who might be struggling. I'm pleased to provide evidence to this inquiry which provides an important opportunity to increase understanding of a complicated and life-threatening condition at the highest levels.
“Ultimately, I hope this inquiry can lead to improved outcomes for the people with type 1 diabetes and eating disorders who need it most.”