Those are just the very short highlights! There have been so many frivolous multi-million dollar investigations and inquiries... As well as stupid projects, useless agencies, etc. Billions that could be better spent on many REAL issues, with Healthcare being a huge portion of that!
And yes, we have a LOT of advocacy and education work to do! How many billions have been spent on Healthcare to treat cancers that have been clearly caused by cigarette smoking -- another health problem that could be blamed on the patient -- YET, investigations (useful ones, this time) proved the culpability of the tobacco industry for having deliberately increased the addiction-impacting aspects of their product and for their marketing techniques. In that light (pardon the pun), no one can be said to have picked up a cigarette thinking, "Gee, I'll give myself a cancer, so the community can pay for my healthcare." They are not to blame and need healthcare.
Whether or not there are actions that people can take to avoid any kind of diabetes is completely immaterial. NO PATIENT is at fault for "giving themselves" diabetes. Did some people "sit at home and eat" and get diabetes? Yes. But what made them do that? Depression? It could be a symptom of diabetes. Tiredness? Same thing. Loss of hunger management? Could also be an early symptom. As has been said many times (and I've been starting to see in some medical articles), association is not equal to causation. Obesity has been recognized as a DISEASE - does it 'cause' diabetes? OR does diabetes cause obesity? OR is one a symptom or complication, if you wish, of the other? OR does something else entirely cause both!? (I'm inclined to believe the last option.)
Funny, in a recent encounter with the regular "Type 2 diabetes gets all the attention on TV what about Type 1?" complaint (and subsequent debate - please don't start it here ), I thought, "What's the question? TV is a marketing media primarily. People with Type 2 outnumber people with all other types of diabetes by at least 10:1 - and probably more than 20:1 -- AND: The generally accepted myth is that "most people" with Type 2 got it by being lazy and sedentary. What are sedentary folks thought to do? WATCH TV all day! OF COURSE they cater to that market - they think that IS their market!
Yes - lots of work to be done!