NHS urged to officially recognise deadly diabulimia
The disorder is up to five times more dangerous than anorexia and affects hundreds of Scots.
Diabulimia should be medically recognised by the NHS, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
The disorder is up to five times deadlier than anorexia and affects hundreds of people in Scotland.
It involves diabetes patients avoiding life-saving insulin to lose weight and can have devastating consequences.
An estimated 40% of women aged between 15 and 30 with Type 1 diabetes in the UK also suffer from diabulimia.
It is not officially recognised as a medical condition by the NHS.
Scottish Conservative public health spokeswoman Annie Wells has urged the health service to change this.
"Diabulimia is an extremely serious condition, and we need to urgently raise awareness of it," she said.
"However, despite the number of people who suffer from it, and the high mortality rate, there are no current NHS guidelines on how to deal with the issue."
Wells added: "This would be a major step forward in helping raise awareness of the disorder as well as help to gain better support for those living with diabulimia."
MSPs debated a motion on diabulimia put forward by Wells on Thursday.
Diabulimia sufferer Becky Rudkin, from Aberdeen, fell into three diabetic comas and was eventually put into a mental health facility.
Speaking to STV News earlier this year, she said: "I don't want to get into what my exact weight was but if you can imagine a 25-year-old in aged five to six clothes that kind of tells you a lot."
Diabulimia can cause heart and organ failure, as well as infertility.
Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood of sufferers and leads to polyuria, which causes them to urinate frequently.
Calories absorbed from food pass straight through their body in their urine and their bodies are starved of energy.