Paula Deen Diagnosis: It’s Diabetes, Y’all
|January 17, 2012||Posted by Katy under Current Events|
I’m guessing that you may have heard the news by now?
Paula Deen has Type II Diabetes.
The Food Network star and television personality, known for her highly-fattening and sugar-laden dishes, has the disease that 8.3% of the US population suffers from. (Source)
I really hate to say it, but, honestly, I am not surprised about the diagnosis.
She was diagnosed three years ago, but kept it hidden from the media. In an interview with Al Roker on the Today Show, she publicly announced her diagnosis, stating that it is “not a death sentence.”
The reason why she kept it hidden for so long? Because Deen wanted to “bring some thing to the table” with the announcement.
What exactly did she bring? An announcement that she is now a paid spokesperson for the drug company Novo Nordisk, a drug used in treatment with Type II Diabetes.
I am not here to tear down Paula Deen, because I am sure there is a lot happening behind closed doors that the public does not know. However, I am frustrated about how indifferent she seemed about the diagnosis during her interview.
When asked if she would change the way she cooks and eats, Deen stated:
“I’ve always eaten in moderation. You know, people see me on TV two and three times a day and and they see me cooking all these wonderfully Southern, fattening dishes. That’s only 30 days out of 365. It’s the entertainment, and people have to be responsible–”
I will give Deen the benefit of the doubt here, BUT from what we, the public, can see, it looks like she is always indulging in these decadent dishes. Yes, people have to be responsible for what they put into their bodies, but there really are people out there who don’t, whether they care not to or just don’t know what to eat.
Yes her shows are for entertainment, but they are cooking shows. People watch cooking shows to get ideas and new recipes to try in their own homes. Many people are busy and want a recipe that they can follow without having to think about what will work as a healthy ingredient substitution.
In my opinion, I think that Deen had a great opportunity here and dropped the ball. She had an opportunity to connect with her huge fan base and work on becoming healthier individuals AND to help others from developing a disease that can be preventable.
Instead, to me, it seems like she is more concerned with promoting her partnership with Novo Nordisk and most importantly, protecting her “food empire” made up of buttery, sugary, and fattening Southern foods.
I don’t know, I am overall disappointed and frustrated. I’ll be interested to see how Deen will lighten up her dishes with her drug company partnership. I guess time will tell as to whether or not changes really come…
What is your opinion on Paula Deen’s diagnosis?
Of Possible Interest:
- What Paula Deen SHOULD Have Said (via Katy Widrick)
- This Just In: Butter! (via Bites and Bliss)
- Thinking Tuesday- Paula Deen (via Fit2Flex)
I want to make clear that I am in no way trying to bring down people with diabetes. I know that there are people who are perfectly healthy and still develop diabetes. I also know that there are people who do develop diabetes due to a poor lifestyle choices, but change their poor habits and manage it with natural ways. However it really comes across that Deen is unwilling to change much about her lifestyle, and that saddens me.