Once again Hollywood makes our work at Divabetic to empower women and men to manage their diabetes with confidence, inspiration and knowledge difficult. In the new film, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”, which opened this weekend, the writers chose to perpetuate a common myth about diabetes rather than to educate their audience.
I’m referring to the fact that in the film, the main character, Hansel is depicted as having a such ‘severe case of diabetes’ that he’s forced to take insulin injections. Ugh!! Setting aside for a moment that nobody in the 1500s knew what diabetes was let alone how to treat it, along with never explaining where Hansel even gets his insulin (Rite Aid?), lets instead focus on the fact that this is the movie’s idea of being ‘clever.’ I say, “it’s their idea of being confused!”
The story goes on to tell how Hansel developed diabetes from eating too much of a candy (!) house as a kid. Get it? I suppose there’s really not all that much to get, but it does give you a clear indication of what kind of movie we are dealing with.
Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: Type 1 diabetes (wich Hansel has) is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.
Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain. Research has shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes.
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