With 15m folks in England alone living with a long-term situation, and numbers rising, it’s no shock the chronically in poor health group has exploded on-line in the previous few years. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Lena Dunham are opening up about their situations, and continual sickness influencers are attracting large social media followings.
But as visibility has grown, so have accusations of fakery. A brand new BBC documentary, Sickness & Lies, explores whether or not the accusers are proper. Are some influencers faking diseases for fame, cash and a spotlight?
Journalist Octavia Woodward, who’s disabled herself, meets each accusers and their targets, and discovers a brand new situation, Munchausens by Internet, describing individuals who pretend diseases on-line – with typically deadly outcomes.
Sickness & Lies is on iPlayer now
Presented by Octavia Woodward
Graphics by Gerard Groves
Produced and Directed by Lucy Proctor
Executive Producer: Nisha Lilia Diu