‘fat’ ‘druggie’ ‘junkie’

I’ve touched the topic a couple of times now on making the life of a diabetic easier through more user-friendly blood glucose measuring tools. This isn’t just to make the life of a diabetes sufferer more comfortable, it goes deeper than that. Especially for children, suffering from diabetes is not only already very painful and unpleasant, it’s also a mental challenge as children often get bullied for being different.

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Parents revealed in a survey that their children suffering type 1 diabetes are being bullied and excluded from social activities. Their kids are being called ‘fat’, ‘druggies’, ‘junkies’ and ‘weird’ for having this life-threatening disease and in the case of adolescent children they are being told that what happened to them is their own fault for eating to much.

Clearly children will always be bullied if you stand out in any way, but it’s especially the unawareness of others that makes the lives of these diabetic children more mentally scaring. 60% of the parents that were surveyed said that their children experience the most distress from being ‘seen as different’ on top of having to cope already with the stress of daily insulin injections and blood glucose monitoring through finger pricks.

Katherine, aged 7, for example is made to sit with other children instead of with her friends at lunch to get her insulin injections. She says this makes her feel alone. She can also eat during class to keep her blood sugar at level which the other kids don’t understand.

Or the 21 year old Shane, says he’s been mistreated as well at school. Ignorant teachers would lock away his medication which made him go into hypoglycaemic episodes.

It makes me so mad when I think about these children already suffering from their condition and then being stigmatised on top of that. They were born this way and can’t help it, but already at such a young age start their lives with so many troubles. No kid should have to suffer this.

Let me know what you think!

You can check out the article yourself via this link: Kids bullied for having type 1 diabetes.

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4 responses to “‘fat’ ‘druggie’ ‘junkie’

  1. This is terrible! I also get really mad when I hear that people are bullied for any possible reason, and even a bit more mad when it is for a disease that already makes them suffer… I can understand that little children think it is weird that a diabetic child is getting insulin injections, just because they don’t understand what is going on. The teachers should try to explain this in an easy way when necessary instead of locking away the essential medications, just ridiculous!

    I found some tips for teachers who have a child with diabetes in their classroom. “Don’t “label” students with diabetes. Never single out a child as the “diabetic kid.” is one of the tips. So saying to the child to sit at another table during lunchtime is indeed just a really bad idea!

  2. I was surprised that at even an age of 21 people still suffer from incomprehensibility. You would think that at that age the teachers, friends, … around him have a better understanding of what this disease is and that you can’t help it! I must say that this not only happens with children who suffer from diabetes. I have a friend who has dyslexia and suffers from the same consequences. Teachers do not really take into account his dyslexia which makes it a lot harder for him. I find it disappointing that we still have to deal with these problems!!

  3. I agree Lore. Although teachers have more ‘special needs’ kids in there classrooms then ever before, I think it’s their responsibility to treat them right anyway no matter what the condition is.
    Yes Elias, unfortunately even grown ups are stills being mistreated. Having diabetes can be a reason for bullying in the workplace for example.

  4. I feel bad for all the Children having to go through this, having done a lot of work with children I especially feel close to this subject.
    I agree that teachers could help in these situation, but raising awareness and educating people would do wonders as well. For if parents know more, they could talk with their children about it as well. Information sessions at school could benefit the children also.

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