Voices from Lived Experiences: A Qualitative Study Exploring Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder and Diabetes

Monday, October 18
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 3 (advanced knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 163809


Research suggests that the co-occurrence of binge eating disorder and type 2 diabetes is substantial, yet managing the recommendations for both diagnoses can be challenging. Clients often struggle to prioritize what may appear as conflicting advice from different healthcare providers, risking negative health outcomes. Our presentation introduces qualitative findings from a retrospective mixed-methods study involving interviews conducted in a treated population. Themes that identified salient treatment barriers and facilitators included: 1) trends in the temporal order of disease onset, diagnosis, and treatment; 2) complex interactions between type 2 diabetes and binge eating disorder that influenced eating behaviors; 3) patient experiences with food and weight prescription; and 4) challenges encountered with treatment philosophies. The unique perspectives of the lived experience inform dietitians’ ability to provide evidence-based, comprehensive and compassionate care for clients with these dual diagnoses.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe and discuss the complexities and challenges of the co-occurrence of type 2 diabetes and binge eating disorder that pose unique barriers to effective treatment and require informed strategies to overcome.
  • Identify strategies to incorporate into MNT and counseling practices to facilitate conversations and support improved treatment utilization.
  • Explain the interaction between binge eating disorder and type 2 diabetes and the related nutrition and behavioral health implications.

Performance Indicators:

  • 10.2.2 Interviews clients/patients and reviews health records to collect
    information about medical history and food and nutrition intake.
  • 10.2.10 Gathers and evaluates information related to behaviors, beliefs,
    knowledge, and client/patient attitudes that influence nutrition and
  • 9.6.1 Assesses client/patient nutritional needs and appropriateness
    of the counseling.