It is becoming commonplace on Facebook and other social media to absolve any bad life choices in type 2 diabetes with campaigns that are telling everyone how it is genetics and they had no control over becoming a type 2 diabetic. (Emphasis on Type 2 here, not Type 1) I do not like this at all and I find it dangerous to send this message out to the public as if there is nothing they can do to possibly prevent it from happening.
There was another one launched today where the thrust was - no one should judge Paula Dean and we should all be advocates, etc.
I will NEVER be for kicking someone when they are down, including Paula Deen, but to act like life choices and the choices the masses make in what they eat does NOT effect this epidemic is a very DANGEROUS path to walk down and I'm not going to be a part of it.
Advocacy is helping people deal with the disease and make good choices for their future health, NOT coming up with ways to absolve the ENTIRE spectrum of people that have entered the ranks of type 2 diabetes and are now a part of this terrible epidemic.
The campaign also talked about "owning" the disease, which I found ironic, as I don't see how touting to the world what I ate, had nothing to do with me becoming a diabetic, when clearly I know different for myself and countless others, is a dangerous message.
I ate way TOO much junk for years and I OWN that, and my attention is focused on making better choices, NOT in convincing the world I did no wrong. Again, I want to support everyone and help, but I still think this is a dangerous message to send en masse.
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