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Complainant Name:
Jill Stewart

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Jill Stewart complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had misled readers by referring to diabetes in children as an "avoidable condition". She said the great majority of children who have diabetes have Type 1 diabetes, which is neither "avoidable" nor linked to obesity, as the article suggested.

Resolution:

The newspaper said that because Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in the population at large, it is common practice among health professionals, including in the NHS, to refer to it simply as "diabetes". Nonetheless, the newspaper acknowledged the complainant's concerns and agreed to contact the complainant directly to discuss its health coverage. It also gave an assurance that it would make every effort to include comments from Diabetes UK in future stories about the condition. Finally, the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant setting out her position:

Further to your article about overweight children (April 14) the great majority of children who have diabetes are Type 1 which is certainly not avoidable as you reported. It is not linked to obesity and its cause is unknown.

Jill Stewart

Dromore

County Down

Date Published: 19/05/2010



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