Diabetic young women are playing Russian roulette with their health, according to Ann Goebel-Fabbri, Ph.D., a psychologist at Joslin Diabetes Center and Behavioral and Mental Health Unit in Boston.
1 out of 3 women with Type 1 Diabetes engage in this dangerous behavior known as “diabulimia,” or underdosing their prescribed insulin shots in order to drop that ungodly weight.
The risk of losing limbs, eyesight – or their life doesn’t stop the behavior.
Not surprising since we have created a culture that has made F-A-T a four letter word. What scares me most about this story is that I can relate to it. I remember not caring one bit about the damage I was doing to my body. If someone had said to me;
“Are you willing to give up your right leg to be thin?”
My response? A resounding YES.
I had my eye on the prize, and I was laser focused. The goal: to trim every inch of fat off my already skeletal frame in order to be “perfect.”
I’ve got news for you – there is no perfect. Perfect never arrives.
Never was I more miserable than when I was a “beautiful, young Paris model,” the one so admired. As the pounds shed away, so did my self confidence.
I no longer felt pretty, or happy, or funny, or anything- I felt like crap, day in and day out because I was starving myself to death to look good for other people.
The other reason this story saddens me is because I know this much is true; this is one lesson that can’t be taught.
You must live it, to get it.