Oh, Ricki.

by Leighann on January 5, 2011

As I am sure you have heard, Ricki Lake was on Good Morning America this week talking about her new book.

She mistakenly said “juvenile diabetes” when she clearly meant Type 2. A correction was issued on ABC’s website and she gave a couple of tweets correcting herself.

Ricki Tweet 1D-Mom Tweet 1

D-Mom Tweet 2Ricki Tweet 2

Is this enough? Should we be outraged?

The problem is not that she misspoke and it has been corrected. The problem is that she helped to disseminate misinformation and most people will not see the correction.

The problem is that her tweets were less than accurate.

My child has Type 1 diabetes (sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes) and is thin, eats a healthy diet, and exercises regularly. She did not inherit it. Parents of children with diabetes hate to hear the media put forth inaccuracies because we are often blamed by people (who are ignorant on the subject) that we somehow caused this in our children. We are not to blame and there is nothing we could have done to prevent it.

My child has a hard enough road ahead of her without having to feel the disdain of people who think she caused this by having an unhealthy lifestyle. There is no cure and diet and exercise will not take it away.

I for one am not outraged today. My blood is not boiling.

I am just shaking my head.

All the education that us parents of children with diabetes do. The hours of advocacy. They all seem undone in a matter of minutes when a celebrity or media outlet doesn’t get it right.

Two steps forward, one step back.

But we’ll keep marching on.

Further Reading

On Oprah: A Diabetes Song and Dance

The SuperNanny Takes on a Diabetic Five-Year-Old

Something Stinks

More Reactions

Stacey Simms Blog My co-star (in diabetes), Ricki Lake

Diabetesaliciousness I Just Got Of The Phone With Ricki Lake’s Publicist…….

Sweet to the Soul Please, Ricki!

Candy Hearts Dear Ricki Lake

The We CARA Lot Blog Uneducated Deja Vu on GMA

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jacquie Wojcik January 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Here’s the difference between Ricki Lake and Oprah/Dr. Oz, though: Ricki Lake obviously misspoke, and has tried to correct herself. The O’s, on the other hand, dedicated an entire hour to misinformation. So I agree, this is more of a head-shaker — a reflection of what a lot of people (unfortunately) believe — instead of a focused campaign to misinform.


2 Leighann January 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I agree. I think it was a mistake and she probably did/does know the difference. Unlike the O’s!


3 Tonya January 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I couldn’t agree more. I am glad that she is taking steps to correct her mistake, which is more than I can say for Halle Berry, Oprah, Dr. Oz and The Onion.


4 Leighann January 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm



5 Lani January 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

There was definitely disappointment in hearing what she said, however it was corrected on the site and she also corrected herself later in the evening on Joy Behar. This is why we keep doing what we do to educate everyone around us.


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