Paula Deen Announces She Has Type 2 Diabetes

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This morning on the TODAY Show, Paula Deen announced that she has Type 2 Diabetes. Here’s a link to the video

In the interview, the Food Network star defends the high-cal Southern cooking she is famous for and emphasizes that she supports “eating in moderation.” She also encourages people to see their doctor, get tested, and get on a good regimen to manage the disease if they do have it.

Deen, who found out she has diabetes three years ago, is now a spokesperson for a drug called Victoza, and just released a new program, Diabetes in a New Light. It gives the thing a bit of a creepy PR glow, but I’m glad to see at least a little bit of info about lightening up recipes without sacrificing taste, even if Deen is mostly hawking a diabetes drug.

Let’s not kid ourselves, here—expecting Paula Deen to start endorsing, like, steamed veggies and fish and talking about diabetes exchanges just wouldn’t be realistic. While I have plenty of my own thoughts about the high-cal dishes she prepares on her show and the well-established links between diet and diabetes, I’m also vaguely nauseated at the way people seem to be relishing this, as if the woman’s being brought to justice or something.

What do you think about Paula Deen’s announcement? 

2 thoughts on “Paula Deen Announces She Has Type 2 Diabetes

    lauren said:
    January 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    That was my first thought too– I feel really uncomfortable with the undercurrent of “serves her right” that’s informing this discussion… and also the PR blitz-y-ness of it all, with her as a spokesperson for this new drug. Gross.

    Emily said:
    January 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Something that really bothers me about this Paula Deen diabetes thing (there are a few) is that she waited to come out and make the announcement until she made the spokesperson deal. I think there can be some good that can come out of this though. If she decides to make some dishes on her cooking shows that is a classic Paula ‘made healthy’ it can show that healthy food is good. I understand that isn’t really her niche. I really don’t like the idea that she is getting a profit from her diabetes from this drug company.

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