the news is sad, but it is real...and i can totally understand where these girls are coming from. i think i had something similar, not blumia but i did play with my diet irrationally to loose weight 15 years ago. by then, i had a type 1 diabetic for 10years. i just lowered my insulin and food, but without any guidance. i had a lot of hypos which i did not treat properly, and i was just lucky. i ended up not having any menstural periods for over a year tho.
ok now that i am thinking of it, it was very stupid of me. I was size 12-14 and I am a bit over 1.70 cm, so I looked normal and healthy. but at that age when everyone around me was dieting (these extreme ones where you live with one apple a day!!), and when i felt the need to be normal (read it thinner!), it was peer pressure. even girls of size 6-8 (UK standards) were trying to loose weight!
when there are all these things in media, it becomes irrelevant if u r diabetic or not.. a teenage girl just wants to look beatiful. and all the complimenets u get and being size 0, make u forget abt all the consequences that u may face.
I think it is not mainly due to these young diabetics being ignorant abt stuff, it is just the result of these media imposed images on people and how 'beautiful' is defined. it is just that the consequences may be much harsher for the diabetics! and i think this is why there is more need for professional help for supporting people with diabetes.
I dont know abt US but I can say that it was quiet poor in the UK and Turkey.
nowadays, i am just grateful that I have a healthy body, two legs that i can run with the rest i dont care. I leave the moaning and groaning abt fake weight problems to unhappy and ungrateful people.