Eating to Lose: Healing From a Life of Diabulimia

Eating to Lose: Healing From a Life of Diabulimia

by Maryjeanne Hunt


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A hopeful and empowering memoir of one woman's struggle with diabulimia, an eating disorder linked to diabetes.

Diabulimia is the dangerous and often fatal practice in which people with Type 1 diabetes deliberately give themselves less insulin than they need in order to lose weight. Maryjeanne Hunt started limiting her insulin intake at age 14 and spent 22 years abusing her body with sugar highs, excessive exercise, and starvation in an attempt to be skinny and "perfect." In Eating to Lose, she shares her journey to health, true healing, and hard-won wisdom:

"Weight management could have been a lot easier and effective if only I'd listened to my body and given it what it really wanted all along. Our bodies want health and energy and life. They crave to be nourished and they crave to move with vigor. When we give our bodies what they really want, they reward us big-time - with wellness, happiness and you guessed it, cooperative and healthy body weight."

Timely and relevant, Eating to Lose sheds light on an often ignored and misunderstood condition and offers the possibility of recovery for those battling with diabulimia and the people who love them.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936303274
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Maryjeanne Hunt was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1971. As a teenager she developed diabulimia and battled her eating disorder for 22 years. Now fully healed, she has been free of her eating disorder since 1997. Maryjeanne has held a position as wellness columnist for CNC Newspapers, published nationally since August 2009. She has been a licensed personal fitness and certified weight management coach since 1987, where she counsels others on wellness, diet, and body image. Her story has been featured on ABC News and Oprah Radio.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Introduction vii

Collision Course 1

1 Body Image Setup 3

2 Verdict: Type 1 Diabetes 9

3 When Body Image and Diabetes Collide 17

Broken 27

4 Somewhere Between Extremes and Balance 29

5 Discovering Fitness 39

6 Battling Infertility 49

7 Motherhood 59

8 Verdict: Diabulimia 67

9 Breaking Illness Open 75

10 How Children Learn 87

Renovation 93

11 Owning It 95

12 Reshaping Tomorrow 107

13 Verdict: Choosing Wholeness 115

14 Paying It Forward 123

15 Shopping Resurrected 135

Epilogue 139

Resources for People with Eating Disorders 143

Resources for People with Diabete 145

Index 147

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