People hear what they want to hear. The sad thing is that diabetes is no joke. My dad has it, and at some point, the complications become far more than just a need for insulin and meds and end up really messing with you when a little starts to go wrong. I don't think people take it seriously because you can control it with meds. It is funny- "no its not what you eat" yet at the same time "being obese is a contributing factor", so is being obese not about what you eat? No, you aren't getting enough exercise (so we don't offend our sponsors). Then everything is OK in moderation, and even apparently Chicken McNuggets are healthy.
We have a very messed up society. You can eat anything but need to exercise, which ranges from a 20 minute walk to an hour a day of hard core cardio, per recommendations. You can eat anything, just in moderation, but fat is really freaking bad, and man made chemicals are very healthy with some fruits and whole grains. Oh and while your at it, ladies, the only pretty women are a size 0 with 12% body fat and spanx- and well, they actually don't eat, I mean they claim to eat... but we are not sure. And obesity is the devil, so eat less, but whatever you want in moderation and exercise. But by the way, Pizza is a vegetable for your kids because it has a tsp. of tomato sauce prepared with corn syrup (oh - it has corn in it! that's where the veggie comes in since maters are a fruit).
It's kind of fun watching different food lobbies create policy. Pretty soon, sugar will be the base of the food pyramid when Hostess and M&M Mars and CocaCola all need bail outs.