So, you’ve probably heard of Katie Hopkins? You know, the lady from the 2006 series of The Apprentice who is now somewhat of a “TV personality”.
Every so often Hopkins, who runs a business consultancy firm and writes a column for The Sun, will appear on television, say controversial things, and use Twitter to elaborate on her views. She has over 320,000 followers on the social network site.
Obese and overweight people have long been a target of Hopkins’ vitriol, which has often found type 2 diabetes brought to mainstream attention for all the wrong reasons.
Some may find her wit endearing, but her relentless condemnation of obese people shows a flagrant disregard for emotional and psychological issues, medical conditions (such as an overactive thyroid) and the side effects of certain medications that can affect weight gain.
Obesity is indeed a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, but so is family history, age and gestational diabetes – variables that are much harder, if not impossible, to control.
To commemorate her most shocking views on obesity and diabetes, we’ve highlighted 10 of her most infamous quotes.
10. “I hate mobility scooters. I find their owners intolerable.”
9. “Childhood Obesity Week. sshhhhhhhhh. We can’t talk about it because we mustn’t tell children they are fat.”
8. “We need to tell those children they are fat in order that we can start doing something about it, because tax payers are frankly sick of paying for a thousand children that were admitted to hospital last year because they have type two diabetes, because they can’t breathe at night because their own body weight is crushing them and that’s the problem we’ve got.”
7. “So all of this nicety, being kind, teaching them how to cook good meals, that’s not the answer. The answer is: you are fat, you as a parent are fat. Get a grip, do something about it.”
6. “I have no idea about your health insurance situation, but who is going to pay when you get fatter and have health problems and you have diabetes? I’d suggest for most people that it will be the tax-payers. They are required to fix your problems.”
5. “Would I employ you if you were obese? No I would not. You would give the wrong impression to the clients of my business. I need people to look energetic, professional and efficient. If you are obese you look lazy.”
4. “Every fat child lives in the shadow of a fat parent.”
3. “Type II diabetes reduced by eating blueberries. Not sprinkled over a double stack of waffles with maple syrup and a side of bacon though.”
2. “Fat people need to look in the mirror, look at themselves, and realise it’s their fault.”
1. “Sympathy for the obese with diabetes? Nope. Looked everywhere and can’t seem to find any.”