{Diabetes} Rolling My Eyes At Little Couple Dad Bill Klein

by Leighann on May 2, 2014

Cupcakes 1Mmm, cake! Cake which didn’t cause my child’s diabetes.

This week’s episode of The Little Couple on TLC chronicled their son Will’s fourth birthday party, which took place at a zoo.

He had a safari themed cake and Will was served a giant slice.*

Cake! Cake! Cake!

(He was using the #cakecakecake hashtag on Twitter.)

During the little interviews (no pun intended) Bill made a remark that he probably shouldn’t let his son eat such a big piece of cake, but that fate (I couldn’t quite understand him, but it was something about needing to actually eat the birthday cake you are served otherwise you tempt fate) is more important than diabetes.

Bill implied that his son could get diabetes from eating that big piece of cake.

I’m not saying I was incensed or even mildly angry. But, really?

A. You would think that someone who has a visible physical medical condition would be more sensitive to others who also have medical conditions. Wasn’t he teased as a child? Probably. So it’s now okay for him to make fun of someone else?

B. EATING CAKE DOES NOT CAUSE DIABETES.

It really doesn’t. Not type 1 and not type 2.

I’m sure you can all recite the following in your sleep (or lack of sleep):

Type 1 diabetes in an auto-immune condition in which the body can no longer produce it’s own insulin.

It’s not caused by eating cake…or drinking juice…or eating candy. In fact, there is no known cause.

*Here’s the cake, in case you want to see it.

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1 Eli May 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I have a son who has T1D, that’s how/why I subscribe to your blog. so we’re on the same team, so to speak. but come on… he’s not making fun of anyone. he made an ignorant comment, yes. an insensitive comment, to those of us who have kids with diabetes who get unfairly judged, yes. but his comment is not targeted at any individual or even a group of individuals. and just because he has a condition (that’s probably not the correct word) doesn’t mean he would or should have any more knowledge or sensitivity to others with completely different conditions. he’s no different than the rest of the population that is uneducated about this disease. and don’t you find this EVERY DAY?

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2 Ellissa May 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Totally disagree with you Eli. Ignorence is really annoying( not you the comment), I cant tell you how many people have made that same comment to me regarding my four year old Type 1 daughter, did she get it from eating too much sugar? Yes we fed
our toddler sugar from the bag that and lots of cake too! The fact that we do find this everyday makes it that much more irritating because yes then it falls on us with everything else we as D parents do to educate the public. Let alone judging, discrimination etc. I hear ya Leighann!

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3 Christi Webster May 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

We recently discovered that our 2 year old has type 1 diabetes – that she clearly did NOT get from eating cake. I really like the show – and I know that Bill did not mean any harm or offense by his comment. I think it was a spur of the moment comment – yes – it was thoughtless – but i wouldnt say I am offended by it – it just caught my attention when he said it. I think it might be a good idea for the show to clarify at some point that Diabetes isnt necessarily caused by eating too much cake.

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4 Lisa May 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

I didn’t see this – but with just reading this – what gets me the most is ISN’T HIS WIFE A PEDIATRICIAN???? I thought she was – or at least I know she’s a doctor, but really did think she was a pediatrician of somesort. She should’ve smacked him when he said that – I would’ve. What an idiot (sorry, can’t help myself)!

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