With 15m individuals in England alone residing with a long-term situation, and numbers rising, it’s no shock the chronically ailing group has exploded on-line in the previous couple of years. Celebrities like Woman Gaga, Selena Gomez and Lena Dunham are opening up about their circumstances, and persistent sickness influencers are attracting enormous social media followings.
However as visibility has grown, so have accusations of fakery. A brand new BBC documentary, Illness & 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 Web, describing individuals who pretend diseases on-line – with typically deadly outcomes.
Illness & Lies is on iPlayer now
Offered by Octavia Woodward
Graphics by Gerard Groves
Produced and Directed by Lucy Proctor
Govt Producer: Nisha Lilia Diu