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Embarrassing Bodies: raising awareness or scaring patients?


Next week: we’re watching Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4, Thursdays at 11pm and 4oD.

What do you think of the series that seeks to make the unmentionable into prime time television?

Does it raise awareness and acceptance of diseases, conditions and health checks, or does it scare your patients?

Let us know what you think.


Readers' comments (5)

  • I think it raises some awareness, but the cases are mostly chosen for shock factor. It might help some people though who have similar symptoms/conditions to those on the screen who didn't realise about treatments

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  • I think there is an element of voyeurism about these sorts of programmes. While it is good to raise awareness I think there is an element of the "freak show" where views can stare, gasp and perhaps laugh in the comfort of their living rooms and not feel bad about it.
    It is on a level with Jemery Kyle where there is a facade that the programme makers are "helping people" but the bottom line is this sort of stuff gets viewing figures.

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  • So many people live with medical conditions long term and don't ask for help. Urinary incontinence and bowel problems are the most common. Anything that encourages people to go to the doctor and get things sorted out has to be a good thing. I know Bowel Cancer UK did a campaign recently encouraging people to talk about bowel function and to ensure early diagnosis of bowel cancer. Its awful to think that people suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed to ask for help.

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  • These programmes are just made for audience figures.

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  • I agree totally with the comment above about the importance of diagnosing problems. Also the way in which the health professionals approach the problems featured in the programme is very matter-of-fact and professional, so that should show viewers that these problems aren't actually that embarrassing after all.

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