Last night, Saturday 30th January 2016, whilst at a friend’s house, I received a message from another friend asking me to watch The Jonathon Ross Show, where Johnny Vegas was talking about diabetes in a comical fashion.
So today I took a look for myself, via The ITV Hub, yes entertaining and funny but what an amazing diabetes health education opportunity missed.
Johnny Vegas had been approached by a ‘diabetes association’ to present at an event assuming wrongly that he lived with diabetes – he made it very clear he doesn’t. He went on to express the trauma of every time he has a health check Health Professionals appeared disappointed by his lack of diagnosis – talk about stigma!
He laughs it off by saying ‘…… I am just a fat git!’
Then without coaxing, James Norton (actor from War and Peace BBC) shared that he does have diabetes and expresses that there are two types of diabetes – end of the conversation.
I know it was, and is a light entertainment show but I have to say I was so disappointed that more information wasn’t revealed.
James Norton clearly a successful young actor and very obviously, diabetes aware. If he had just been asked the right questions by Jonathon Ross, such clarity in a positive way about diabetes could have ensued.
Maybe next time!
First published LinkedIn, 31 January 2016