So it’s out there, Paula Deen has Type 2 diabetes, and a lot of different accusations and opinions have been thrown around. Is she a hypocrite for continuing to endorse fatty, sugary, carbo-loaded foods to her audience while hiding her disease? Or rather, is she a hero and a spokesperson that is trying to now educate the public after for so long being the problem?
If you have ever watched Paula Deen on the Food Network, you would know that every recipe she has probably starts, or involves at least a whole stick of ‘Buttah’. Her southern style down home cooking is loaded with cards and sugars that would send a type 2 diabetic into a coma, however for the past three years she has been living with this disease while continuing to showcase these unhealthy foods on her show.
Donna Shaft, a type 2 diabetes patient told Fox News, “It is hypocritical [for Paula] to have continued to very publicly promote entirely unhealthy food choices so vital to the management of diabetes,” Shaft has been battling diabetes for 20 years.
Now Deen is teaming up with diabetes drug Novo Nordisk to “educate the public” about this disease. First and foremost, this is obviously a revenue booster for Deen, who already has a successful cooking empire. Many critics claim this is a cheap move to make it seem like she is actually addressing the issue.
Well let’s think about it like this for a second. Deen has an established image. She is the Queen of southern cooking, and southern cooking involves a lot of butter and fat. While she has diabetes, can she be expected to completely change the may she markets herself over night? Deen has taken much care and effort into establishing an image as the delectable comfort food Queen. Does it also have to mean that someone with diabetes cannot teach people how cook rich southern food on television?
Furthermore it has to be understood that while Deen shows you how to cook recipes that involve a lot of butter and fat, she never tells you to eat this sort of food every day. Someone would have to be very out of touch with modern healthy eating practices if they cooked food that fatty every day. If people did eat like that every day, than they deserve to have diabetes. That is not meant to belittle people who suffer from diabetes, however there are scads of information about diabetes and how to eat healthy, so if you cannot take advantage of that, than maybe that is your fault.