Philadelphia, Take Down The Billboards about Diabetes
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The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a campaign against eating sugar that could lead to a diagnosis of diabetes and being obese. Their campaign includes billboards throughout the city, especially one on the Walt Whitman Highway leading into New Jersey. It depicts a picture of a young child eating an afternoon snack ( a so-called sugary snack) and a caption saying that it will lead to diabetes and a picture of a person injecting themselves with insulin. The billboard doesn't distinguish that the campaign is geared towards T2 diabetes, so it immediately triggers the parents of type 1 diabetics that the message is wrong and that type 1 diabetics don't get diabetes by eating sugar. The sugar could actually save a T1 diabetic's life from a severe low blood sugar. There's a Facebook Page called Food Fit Philly that has a video that should also be taken down and a picture of fat people's butts that should also be taken down. It's a shameful display. This wouldn't be tolerated against autism, cancer, epileptics, down's syndrome, or any other disease. Diabetes seems to take the brunt of jokes because it involves food. We all have to eat, but we all don't get fat and get any kind of diabetes.
This campaign was paid for with tax payers dollars. They could use the money to buy insulin for people that can't afford insulin or put up correct information on billboards that educate people about diabetes, not shame them.
Four people died in June, 2019, from rationing insulin because they can't afford $324.00 for a bottle of insulin, of which they may use 3 bottles each month to stay alive.
The billboard could be used to put the costs of living with diabetes on it, and show our senators and congressmen that the pharmaceutical companies are murdering our children and citizens with price gouging.
So this petition is to get the City of Brotherly Love to remove all evidence of this campaign and seek help from qualified doctors, endocrinologists, and other diabetes organizations that can help them get the message out in a better, more informed way rather than shaming people for a disease they didn't ask for.
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