At 64, Paula Deen announced on NBC’s ‘Today’ show that she has Type 2 diabetes, a diagnosis that she said she received three years ago. Soon after, the world discovered that our favorite down-home mama has been cooking up more than collard greens.
“For the past two days the world has been in an uproar over Paula Deen’s admission she’s got Type 2 diabetes and that she’s now a paid spokeswoman for a drug manufacturer,” said the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
Since the news hit the airwaves, critics have gotten their aprons in a bunch calling for Deen’s spatula. The issue is why the cooking show host, restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality continued to promote buttered sausage pancake egg sandwiches after learning she has Type 2 diabetes.
“It is hypocritical [for Paula] to have continued to very publicly promote entirely unhealthy food choices so vital to the management of diabetes,” Donna Shaft, a marketing consultant who has been battling type 2 diabetes for 20 years, told FoxNews.
That’s like chastising your mother for baking peach cobbler for the holidays or throwing rocks at the vendor on the street who sells chilly-cheese hotdogs loaded with relish, mustard and onions. What about our favorite Baltimore hipster cake club, Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman, should we ask him for his medical records?
“Hmmm, last time anyone checked, there was no requirement that TV types disclose their health issues. Fact is, most don’t do it until, sadly, they’re flushed out because some ‘close friend’ has dropped a dime to a cheesy magazine or it disrupts their ability to continue working,” said the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
While it is true that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3 percent of the population—have diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, 18.8 million people have been diagnosed while 7.0 million people have gone undiagnosed. Over 1 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010, says the American Diabetes Association.
“You can’t just eat your way to Type 2 diabetes,” the American Diabetes Association Geralyn Spollett told the New York Times. “But, Southern cooking, as often practiced, can be particularly hazardous to those predisposed to the disease. There’s no denying that Paula’s food has a lot of what we call the deadly triangle: fat, sugar and salt,” she said.
But I think the real issue is and has always been moderation. “See, to get into this foodie frenzy, one has to also believe that somewhere in this great planet, someone is eating Deen’s cooking night after night, week after week, month after month,” said the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
To her credit, Deen has pledged to donate some of her proceeds to the American Diabetes Association, which will go a long way toward much-needed research.
CBS News reported that in a segment of ABC’s food chat show ‘The Chew’ that aired Wednesday, Deen said she and her two grown sons, Bobby and Jamie, are working with the drug company’s Diabetes in a New Light campaign “because we, like everybody else, have to work.” But, she added, the three are “in a position” to “set aside a certain percentage (of the Novo Nordisk money) and we’re donating that back to the ADA.”
- Watch: Paula Deen Confirms She Has Type 2 Diabetes (abcnews.go.com)