Just to clarify, there are different types of diabetes. My son- 17 is a type 1 diabetic which is an auto-immune disease. He can have sugar, just has to count carbs and bolus (give insulin) for it. Type 2 is the lifestyle disease (although it can be inherited) which is SOOOO common now. Sounds like your co-worker has type 2. Sorry to be picky but I try to educate because calling it all 'diabetes' is unfair to type 1's (formerly call juvenile diabetes, but people can get it in their adult years, so they changed the name. The Bears' QB got it in his adulthood and he's sure physically fit! lol). It's like calling all cancers just cancer and not specifying which type.
I'm not picking on you! lol, just being a mom and educating people because I know how it affects my son.:)
Yes that's type 2. In Type 1 the body attacks its own insulin-producing cells and kills them so the person HAS to use insulin in order to live. This is a permanent condition unless they find a cure.
People like your co-worker produce insulin, but their body can't use it properly. Exercise and healthy eating (esp.becoming a vegan) can sometimes even stop the disease.
Thanks for listening and not being offended! Some people actually get mad that I want people to differentiate between the two types, but having people say ignorant things to my son like if he exercised more (he's not overweight even), or didn't eat a cupcake, he wouldn't be diabetic. It's the Momma Bear in me! lol. :)
The description of her eating habits managed to disgust me, and I'm not exactly a walking stick. But as everyone is saying, it's her body, and her choice. Not everyone wants to try to live to be a centurion. Some people would rather die young while enjoying life than live to an old age fretting about their health. *shrug*
What you might want to do is not be around when she's eating if that bothers you. The only thing I could see you doing is explaining to her that her language is not appropriate for the professional setting. If she doesn't want to fix that, either, then let her. She's only making a fool of herself, not of you.
This lady seems to have enough issues to deal with, without having someone judge and criticise her. Confrontational criticism of her lifestyle will not work. You will only alienate her. The biggest condition of change is called cognitive dissonance. When your mind has two or more conflicting ideas, it causes a lot of psychological discomfort (or dissonance/discord). She is almost certainly aware of what she should be eating/of how much exercise she needs, but her behaviour is the opposite of what she knows to be healthy. So when these two conflicting ideas become strong enough and persistent enough, the internal discomfort can only be relieved by her changing her own behaviour. And of course, it takes time. Recovery is a complex issue and is beset by relapse and recovery. Try and catch her doing something healthy and praise her for it. The gold tooth is her choice and you will have to deal with your own issues over that fact. If you want to help your friend, then finding out about the cycle of change is a good place for you to start. These links will take you to some excellent articles and relatively short reading. I hope this helps.