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?