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So, we all get prerecorded messages from various companies wanting money. (If I get one more phone call from 'Rachel at Card Holder Services,' I might smack a bitch).

Lately, though, I've been getting a (relatively) large number of calls... asking if I'm discriminated against because I have diabetes.

So, um. Do people get discriminated against due to diabetes? Because honestly, that sounds more like a South Park episode than anything else.

Date: 2010-07-13 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doomweasel.livejournal.com
Actually, people with chronic health conditions (like diabetes) have been denied employment or health insurance because the employer/insurer doesn't want to pay the cost of helping manage their condition. So yes, it does happen, even though (IIRC) it might be against anti-discrimination laws.

Date: 2010-07-13 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queelez.livejournal.com
You learn something new every day!

Date: 2010-07-13 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doomweasel.livejournal.com
There's also the social stigma that sometimes accompanies diabetes, since it's often assumed that a person's diabetes results from being "fat and lazy" - i.e. from poor diet and little exercise, which is often considered to be an indicator of poor moral character in general. (Never mind that it could describe a sizable chunk of the US in general, which is indicative of either large-scale self-loathing or cognitive dissonance. Or both.)

Date: 2010-07-13 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-godly-wench.livejournal.com
Interestingly enough, the only people I've known with diabetes have been people who are healthy - Rob & Rich for example. I don't think I personally know anybody who has diabetes and is overweight.

Date: 2010-07-14 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doomweasel.livejournal.com
Same here. Which just goes to show why that stereotype is so stupid.

Date: 2010-07-14 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tolone.livejournal.com
If ya have diabeetus, ya have diabeetus.


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