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Supporting people with type 2 to tackle binge eating disorder

Project summary

Up to a quarter of people with type 2 diabetes have binge eating disorder, but currently diabetes-specific support is lacking. Dr Gemma Traviss-Turner plans to adapt an online treatment programme that has shown success in helping people without diabetes manage their binge eating disorder, to meet the needs of people with type 2.

Background to research

Up to a quarter of people living with type 2 diabetes experience some form of binge eating disorder, but there’s currently no dedicated psychological support for these people. Dr Traviss-Turner has recently developed a guided 3-month online self-help programme for binge eating disorder in people without diabetes. It was shown to improve eating behaviour and overall wellbeing. As a result of the success of the programme, it is now the recommended treatment for eating disorders in national guidelines. 

Research aims

With input from people living with type 2 diabetes and healthcare professionals, Dr Traviss-Turner will adapt the existing online self-help programme so it is more suitable for people the condition. The effectiveness of the adapted programme will then be tested in ten people with type 2 diabetes and binge eating disorder, to find out if it is similarly successful.

Potential benefit to people with diabetes

If this project proves successful, Dr Traviss-Turner wants to trial the adapted treatment in a larger group, and  see how they get on after the programme has ended It is hoped that this research will help people living with type 2 diabetes to get the support they need to manage their disordered eating, and live more confident lives.

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