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NHS tackles social media harm in treatment for eating disorder

Hundreds of people will receive therapy to counteract the impact of harmful social media as part of a new NHS service for the rare eating disorder diabulimia.

Patients will be coached to deal with unrealistic body images amid increasing concerns about the potential damage social media can have on young peoples’ mental health.

Diabulimia is a condition where people with type 1 diabetes restrict their insulin intake to lose weight and can lead to serious complications including blindness and amputations. It is most common in young people aged between ages 15 and 30.