According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes.[i] Most people today know someone with diabetes. But people who have diabetes are often viewed as lazy, overweight and guilty of causing their disease.
Diabetes is very complex. While carrying extra pounds is a risk factor of the disease, slim people end up with the disease, too. Family history and other risk factors cannot be changed — yet people with diabetes continue to face obesity- and diabetes-related stigmas.
Stereotyping anyone based on their weight is wrong. Unfortunately, it d...