You don’t joke about cancer, so why do we joke about diabetes?
I have recently noticed the amount that I see people using diabetes as a joke for overeating or eating too much sugar, and frankly, I am appalled by it. It’s absolutely not funny, and is just rude and inappropriate.
As a person who has a large amount of family members who have diabetes, I have spent a great deal of time and energy looking into the disease to understand it. From this research I have furthered my stance that this is not a laughing matter.
First off, more people die from diabetes than from breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. In fact, it is the 7th highest cause of death. And it is even said to be underreported as an underlying cause of death, meaning that it could be killing more people than we know of. Do you think that is funny?
Also, diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar. Nor is it necessarily the cause of gaining weight. Yes, environmental factors are involved, but genetic factors also have been attributed to the cause of diabetes.
Put yourself into the shoes of a diabetic. How would feel if you heard your condition being a joke about overeating and gaining weight? Would you think it is still funny to be the butt of someone’s joke because of your health?
What I am getting at is that making diabetes a joke is disrespectful to so many people and should not be tolerated. Would you laugh at an AIDS joke? Or a cancer joke? Or an Alzeihmers joke? If you answered no, then don’t laugh at a diabetes joke, because it’s just as bad as any other disease and the 29.1 million people in the US who suffer, and could possibly die, from it shouldn’t have their illness be used for comic relief.