King of the Hill: Diabetic Episode

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2008-11-10 12:37:34 -0600
Started 2008-11-10 07:30:58 -0600

I am not a big fan of the animated show, "King of the Hill" , but as I was channel surfing last night I saw one of the main characters in a wheelchair, so I had to stop and watch.

Though not extremely accurate in the portrayal, it was an episdoe dealing with the diagnosis of diabetes. WOW!

The character was told by his doctor that he would loose his legs and so he got a wheelchair, even before it was needed. After feeling sorry for himself (we can all relate) and fighting his friends efforts to make his home accessable, he found a new group of chair bound sports buddies. Got fit, (for an animated character any way) and started to enjoy life.

Anyway to make a long story short, he "cured" himself of his diabetes thru his activity. Realized that he didn't need the wheelchair and confronted his stupid doctor for giving up on him.

I was quite amazed at the story. At least it is getting some different concepts out there.

Did anyone else see it? What did you think about it?


2 replies

2008-11-10 09:11:28 -0600 Report

Hi saw that episode a few weeks ago here. It wasn't a very accurate portrayal of diabetes but some of it was ok. The doctor in that episode was horrid. I wish when tv programs do episodes relating to diabetes or any other life changing illness they wouldn't use stereotypes and misnomers. Get the facts guys and tell the world what it's really like not make it all rosey in the end. they make it seem like it can be cured and it can't be, it can be controlled.

she steps off her soapbox yet again! lol

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-11-10 12:37:34 -0600 Report

Ah, you can use your soap box anytime. It was weird, but how do you fit a lifetime of challenge into 30 mintues of beer drinking dialaoge? LOL. There were a lot of stereotypes, but I was surprised that it did encourage physical activity and helthy diet (thru another character in the show). I have never seen an animation deal with it before.

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