I read this morning below Question in the survey Attached is an article relating to the state of health and deterioration of health of Barbara Walters. Not disturbing news but very sad.
Do you think it is appropriate or generally inappropriate for the news media to publish articles detailing the serious health problems of celebrities and public figures in old age? (source.)
Have you ever wondered if you want to publish your health details if you are a celebrity?
Sources have leaked that Walters spends her days as a “recluse” inside her NYC hub. (source.)
Of course, with celebrity status so closely linked to the media, every story is different. Celebrities are very influential people. There is a wide audience that is tuned in to their actions and choices. Many of them have a high social standing and provide medical advice or even support health products.
today, Limit Announced Executive Producer of Sheet CreekAnd the Ben Vision passed away at the age of 47 of pancreatic cancer.
Not all celebrities receive the same amount of media attention.
Right or wrong, fit or not, the celebrities we follow don’t owe us any news about their health. The news about Feigin is sad and shocking because he was young and talented.
The news about Walters, the famous reporter, came as no surprise because those following the updates knew she was in her 90s and dementia could be a part of aging. Conveying sad news makes most of us feel sad. We remember seeing celebrities throughout their careers that sometimes parallel ours. It drives the message home that we, too, are getting old.
Celebrities who give health advice to the public
Another part of this conversation is when a celebrity advertises their medical condition as an aid to raise awareness and promote getting tested, i.e. don’t put off getting a mammogram or colonoscopy.
Remember Betty Ford talking openly about her mastectomy?
The woman who started it all was Betty Ford, wife of then-President Gerald Ford, who spoke out in 1974 about a radical mastectomy for breast cancer. “There was a dire need for publicity,” said Dr. Baron Lerner, assistant professor at Columbia University and author of the soon-to-be-released book. Breast cancer wars. At that time, the disease was almost not talked about to the degree it is today. The women appreciated that this topic had come up at all. It was under the table, undiscussed, intimidating, and undiscovered. After that, detection rates skyrocketed in a phenomenon known as the “Betty Ford Bleep.” (source.)
As the decades passed, celebrities became more or less comfortable discussing their medical conditions with the public to raise awareness or help raise money for the disease or condition they were struggling with.
When actress Shannen Dougherty was diagnosed with breast cancer, her advice was “I hope to encourage people to get mammograms, get regular checkups, let go of fear and face whatever may be in front of you. (source.)
Of course, many fans were upset to learn more about actor Michael J. Fox after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at such a young age. Fox even went before Congress to testify about the need for more research into the disease. And although he was diagnosed in 1991, he waited seven years before making any announcements, and in 2000 he founded his research foundation.
Actress Mary Tyler Moore A spokesperson for Juvenile Diabetes (Type 1) for years.
Some celebrities use their stature to influence young teens especially when it comes to their belief that they need the perfect body. Celebrities try to influence eating disorders. This is a positive effect.
When celebrities talk about their personal experiences with their eating disorders, it helps to increase discussions on this important topic. And whenever there are open conversations about it, the stigma can finally be removed from having a conversation about it.
However, not all celebrities act as defenders. Some may share their experience with an eating disorder, but not follow treatment plans. Demi Lovato encourages people with eating disorders to do so Finding an eating disorder treatment.
You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be skinny by the fashion industry, because they only want models that look like human supermodels. You have to remember that it is not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like this. It is unreal and unhealthy. – Rihanna (source.)
Angelina Jolie and Tom Hanks influenced the public with health issues
Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy Because of an increased risk of breast cancer based on family history. Her ovaries were also removed.
In 2013, when Hanks shared that he had type 2 diabetes, he attributed it to a large fluctuation in weight for roles that in turn affected blood sugar levels. “For example, he gained a significant amount of weight to play coach Jimmy Duggan on “League of Their Own” in 1992. Then in 2000 he lost more than 50 pounds due to “Cast Awa”y. Hanks also reminds us that you don’t have to be significantly overweight to be at risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and that you should check your blood sugar levels with your doctor as well as make important lifestyle choices.
I can see people who listen to Hanks actually make an appointment with the doctor because most of them really like him. Some people have their favorite celebrities on a pedestal. I knew a woman who had a picture of Elvis (also on velvet) hanging above her bed. I also knew a guy who had a framed picture of Barbra Streisand on this TV.
What is the takeaway here?
We live in a pop culture society influenced by celebrities. Spreading public awareness of the decline or loss of a celebrity is not necessarily a negative message.
Those of us who wish to be aware of the icon’s aging status are reminded that we all age and that it’s sad to hear the news of a celebrity’s decline when we watch someone grow up.
Many celebrities give health advice. You just have to remember that they are not doctors.
No matter what we read or hear, it is always best to get advice from our personal physician, a reputable resource.
Thanks for reading.
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