Erin Phillips, MPH, RD, CDE

Level 3: Diabulimia and Beyond: Nutrition for treatment and prevention of eating disorders in type 1 diabetes

Erin Phillips

Some 1.25 million Americans are living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and rates of new-onset T1D are increasing worldwide. With the prevalence of ED behaviors as high as 40% among women with T1D, it is imperative that we do more to prevent, identify and treat eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors (DEBs) among those with T1D.

While individuals with T1D are 2.4 times more likely to struggle with an eating disorder than those without diabetes, many diabetes care providers are either unaware of the signs and risk factors or feel unprepared to discuss disordered eating behaviors (DEBs) with their patients. Registered Dietitians, a key member of both the diabetes and ED care teams, often do not have experience in both conditions and commonly feel underprepared to identify and treat both the ED and T1D.

This presentation will give an in-depth look into nutrition therapy for ED-DMT1 and provide practical recommendations for screening and prevention of disordered eating among the T1D population. It will also include valuable resources and talking points for those on the diabetes care team, including Registered Dietitians and Certified Diabetes Educators, who are interested in bringing a weight-neutral, compassionate approach to diabetes care in an effort to prevent DEB and EDs among the T1D population.


  1. Identify key nutrition strategies for treatment of co-occurring type 1 diabetes and eating disorders.
  2. Describe necessary changes in initial and ongoing clinical care and education for type 1 diabetes for prevention of disordered eating.
  3. Increase confidence in advocating for weight-neutral care as a member of the diabetes care team.

Why I Value Weight-Neutral Care

Speaker Bio

Erin is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who specializes in diabetes and eating disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings, including primary care and pediatric endocrinology. Erin is also a specialist in adolescent nutrition, having completed a fellowship in adolescent health at UW & Seattle Children’s Hospital. She recently started her private practice, Erin Phillips Nutrition, LLC, where she hopes to fill the gap in available care to individuals with Type 1 Diabetes and eating disorders both virtually and in person.


In her spare time, she loves rock climbing in the pacific northwest and showing you pictures of her cat.