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Diabetes And Donuts: Time To Stop The Stereotypes

Piotr Adamowicz via Getty Images Earlier this week, President Obama playfully skewered his Republican opponents calling them “cray” for dismissing the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. He then joked: “If you go to 100 doctors, and 99 of them tell you you have diabetes, you wouldn’t say, ‘Ah, that’s a conspiracy. All 99 doctors got together with Obama to keep me from having bacon and donuts.’” As the mother of a 6-year-old son with type 1 diabetes, I was surprised that the president, whom I greatly admire and respect, made this joke just a couple of days after he declared November 2015 as National Diabetes Month, stating supportively: “We recognize the impact diabetes has on people’s lives, and we rededicate our talents, skills, and knowledge to preventing, treating, and curing it.” And, apparently, joking about it. I am certain neither the president, nor his staff gave the seemingly inoffensive joke a second thought. And I realize that it was not a joke about diabetes, rather it paired diabetes and donuts to make a humorous analogy. Therein lies the issue for me: the offhanded way so many people use inaccurate, dated, and sometimes offensive Continue reading >>

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