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[IP] Fwd: RE: Question about A Healthier You Junior Badge

Just wanted to share with everyone the reply I received from the Girl 
Scouts - after sending my letter complaining about their badge requirements.

Deb in Southern Illinois

>From: "Grimmig, Marianne" <email @ redacted>
>To: "'email @ redacted'" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: Question about A Healthier You Junior Badge
>Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 12:48:24 -0400
>X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2653.19)
>Thank you for your letter regarding the Junior badge activity titled
>"Preventable or Inevitable" in the "A Healthier You" badge.  Your input,
>enthusiasm and concern for the well being of our membership provide a
>glowing example of the kind of leadership that makes Girl Scouts of the USA
>We understand your concerns about the diabetes reference and therefore we
>have decided to make a change to the activity.  Starting with the 4th
>edition of the Junior Badge Book, the example of "diabetes" will be taken
>out of the activity.
>Thank you again for making your concerns known.
>Marianne Grimmig
>Information and Referral Center, GSUSA
>Girl Scouts.  Where Girls Grow Strong
>1-212-852 -8092 (fax)
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Deb [mailto:email @ redacted]
>Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 1:58 AM
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Question about A Healthier You Junior Badge
>Activity number 6 for A Healthier You Junior Badge is to list ways that
>diseases can be prevented.  Diabetes is one of the diseases listed.  As a
>type 1 (Juvenile) diabetic, I can tell you - IT CANNOT BE PREVENTED, NO
>I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 5 and know many people who were
>diagnosed even earlier.  No way could I or my parents have done anything
>differently and prevented the diabetes.
>There are two different types of diabetes (which is not even mentioned in
>your instructions).  Type 1 (which used to be referred to as Juvenile
>Diabetes) and type 2 (which used to be referred to as Adult Onset
>Diabetes).  The majority of diabetics (90%) are type 2 - which is actually
>totally different than type 1.  In diabetes, a person's pancreas quits
>producing insulin or slows down in the production of insulin.  Type 1
>diabetes is where the pancreas no longer produces any insulin and the
>person must be started on insulin via injections, to make up for
>it.  (Insulin is the product in the body that breaks down the carbohydrates
>that you eat).    In type 2 diabetes, for some reason, their bodies cannot
>effectively use the insulin to break down the carbohydrates, whether it is
>because their body has slowed down in the production of insulin, or their
>body has become resistant to the insulin that they do produce.
>All of the advertisements you see on TV, etc. about "preventing" diabetes
>-- such as keeping your weight under control - refer to type 2
>diabetes.  Yes, overweight adults have a higher risk of developing diabetes
>than those of perfect proportions, but NOT EVERY OVERWEIGHT ADULT HAS
>The website www.childrenwithdiabetes.com  has lots of RELIABLE information
>on diabetes in children - which CANNOT be prevented.
>What is an 11-year-old girl, who happens to have diabetes, and also happens
>to be about 5 pounds overweight, going to think when she starts doing this
>project?  She's going to think the diabetes is her fault - AND IT'S
>NOT!!!  Then, because Girl Scouts taught her that she's diabetic because
>she is overweight - she's possibly going to go on a starvation diet, to
>lose weight so that maybe she can also "lose" the diabetes - and going to
>make herself VERY SICK - because Girl Scouts taught her it's her fault she
>has the diabetes.
>This scenario has not happened, to my knowledge - but IT COULD.  Which is
>what I'm trying to help prevent.
>And actually, NONE of the diseases you have listed can ALWAYS be
>prevented.  There are steps to take to reduce the risk -- but they can not
>be 100% prevented.
>I think it's great that you are trying to get the Girl Scouts involved in
>healthier living, but I think you are giving the wrong idea with this
>particular project.
>Debra L. Graves
>Type 1 diabetes since the age of 5
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