Binge eating has been identified as a significant problem in people with Type 2 diabetes. There are currently no psychological treatments for binge eating that are tailored to the needs of this group.
POSE-D (Providing Online guided Self-help for Eating disorders in adults with type 2 Diabetes: a pilot study), is a follow-on study to previous research which adapted an existing evidence-based brief psychological treatment for eating disorders (Working to Overcome Eating Difficulties) through co-design with patients and healthcare professionals, to make it suitable for adults with type 2 diabetes. The treatment has since been shown to be helpful for binge eating and is now recommended in the national guidelines for eating disorders. It is also delivered online and therefore is widely accessible and anticipated to be highly cost-effective.
POSE-D are now piloting the refined treatment with a small group of people with type 2 diabetes and conduct follow-up interviews about their experience. This research has the potential as a highly efficient way of filling the identified gaps in knowledge and provision, and is currently running until early 2023.