In modern TV shows and movies, gout is an embarrassing or humorous condition that occurs due to dietary indulgence. That possibly reinforces misconceptions regarding gout disease, as per findings featured in the BMC Rheumatology journal.
Gout patients may face embarrassment and stigma because it tends to be viewed as a condition that occurs due to too much alcohol and food intake, said the University of Auckland’s Nicola Dalbeth. As for Dalbeth, biological reasons for gouty arthritis like kidney disease or genetic factors are not all that well known within the community. The study demonstrates that gouty arthritis is often shown in modern cinema and TV as an issue that stems from excessive food intake and alcohol consumption. That may strengthen cultural stereotypes regarding gout, Dalbeth said.
To examine how film and TV depict gout, researchers looked at not just the IMDb and other online databases but also G-CAN’s suggestions. Some of those other databases are Allmovie, Rottentomatoes, and Reel.
Researchers reviewed titles, quotes, plot descriptions and trivia related to TV shows and films released after 1990, with ‘gout’ as a keyword. Besides, they used keywords such as ‘gout movie’, ‘TV show gout’, ‘gout film’, and so forth for Google searches. They did not include reality shows and documentaries at the time of this exercise. They saw the identified films and TV show episodes to know how each of those depicts gout, its casual factors, plus treatment strategies.
Researchers discovered that TV shows and films utilized this condition to denote nobility or royalty in historical environments, plus as a technique to tell why their characters are not present in important events. Eating too much food and alcoholism are the most prevalent reasons for gouty arthritis in those forms of entertainment. On the other hand, only 12% of those talked about biological factors that contributed to this health condition.
Common treatment strategies in the shows and films are dietary changes and temporary pain relief. Only one of those talked about ULT as a gout treatment option.
Around 60% of all the films and TV program episodes portrayed it in the form of a funny health issue, whereas half of them shown it as causing embarrassment.
Those depictions may only make wrong notions around the issue and its treatment stronger, said Dalbeth. She added that the depiction of it in the form of a funny and embarrassing issue could make it trickier for gout patientsss to pursue medical treatment.