Paula Deen Comes Out…About Having Diabetes

A lot of us seek out the fattiest, junkiest, most unhealthy food we can find KNOWING that we are eating the wrong thing and too much of it.  But we are not held accountable for our actions because it appears that we really don’t know what we’re doing and we’re being led by fast food chains and, now, chefs, into poor diets.

According to Yahoo! News, Paula Deen, 65, is under fire for keeping quiet on her Type II Diabetes diagnosis while peddling recipes like “deep-fried cheesecake covered in chocolate and powdered sugar, and a quiche that calls for a pound of bacon.” Paula likely hasn’t changed her diet much because she has eaten like this all of her life.  This was a learned lifestyle for her just as it is for many of us.

But, being in the public eye, she’s being held accountable for not giving her public healthier diet choices in her collection of recipes.  She came out to America on the Today show about her diagnosis and has been criticized for accepting endorsement money from Novo Nordisk, a Danish company that produces an alternative non-insulin drug called Victoza which Deen uses.  She is the company’s pitch person for the company’s new online diet program, Diabetes in a New Light, and she offers “diabetes-friendly” recipes to the website.

But many, like Anthony Bourdain–who is also a chef–of the Travel channel’s popular No Reservations show, are, in so many words, calling her a hypocrite.  Bourdain said:

“When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got Type 2 diabetes … it’s in bad taste if nothing else.”

But do you feel she is responsible for disclosing this information?  According to her, she didn’t know what they were going to do with her new found diagnosis saying:

“I really sat on this information for a few years because I said, ‘Oh, my gosh, what am I going to do about this? Is my life fixing to change? Am I no longer going to like my life?” she asked. “I had to have time to adjust and soak it all in and get up all the information that I could.”

And as we all know, it’s hard to change your diet which really means changing your whole way of life.  But, in my personal opinion, the next time I find myself in McDonald’s, Sonic, or Taco Bell’s drive-thru, I’m sure I won’t be thinking of Paula Deen and her influence over my drug of choice.

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-J.C. Brooks

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