In one of the newspapers today, there was a report on new research showing that a ‘poor diet’ during pregnancy may increase the risk of a woman’s descendants developing Type 2.
This is quite different from the usual crap you read in the media about fat lazy slobs who brought it on themselves.
I posted a response in the online comments forum, basically saying that T2 is not caused by being a fat lazy slob, otherwise all fat lazy slobs would have T2. I also added in passing that Sir Steve Redgrave has Type 2 diabetes. Sir Steve is Britain’s greatest Olympic athlete. He was diagnosed with T2 shortly before he won his 5th Olympic gold in five Olympics. But because it was widely reported that he went on insulin immediately, and used an insulin pump, most people think that he is a Type 1.
I did not think there was anything particularly controversial in what I said but when I checked back later, my innocuous comment was the most disliked comment on that article, with a slew of red arrows!
Now, I’m not silly enough to take this personally or too seriously, as the newspaper in question is known for being mass-market and reactionary, and the online comments are usually the kind of throwaway water-cooler conversation. To put things in context, the kinds of comments that get lots of green arrows are things like ‘Deport all dirty smelly immigrants especially the Muslim ones as they are all extremists.’ Whereas if you were to post a comment like ‘Legal immigrants pay their taxes, and not all Muslims are extremists’, you would get a lot of red arrows.
Still, it just sort of saddened me because it reflected the wilful ignorance and prejudice of this anonymous public out there.
The article can be found here if anyone is interested.