It’s official. Paula Deen has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
It comes as no surprise, really. A woman who has built a career on basically reveling in the fact that she uses a lot of butter, fat, sugar and other unhealthy ingredients in her recipes can only do that—and eat like that—for so long before having her body be affected. (Heck, in her children’s cookbook, she includes a recipe for cheesecake for breakfast.) While it would be easy to scream “I told you so!” at the top of my lungs at her, I just feel sad for her. Type 2 diabetes is a serious issue, and one that so many in the country are facing.
What I don’t feel so sad about though, is that Deen will also be the new face of a diabetes drug. While she’s saying that she’ll lighten some of her recipes and will start moving more, it’s still a drug. And Deen has already said it won’t stop her from eating the things she wants. Add that to the fact that she’s had diabetes for three years—yet is just now coming out about it. (Waiting for the right promotional opportunity? Sniffs like it.) Well, that’s just not cool. It’s one thing to not take care of yourself, but it’s another to have a huge platform of influence and then encourage it among the masses even when you know the products you’re selling and creating are clearly causing harm.
Here’s the truth: Our choices have consequences. Yes, you can enjoy the fried chicken and the bacon and the rich cakes and all the butter in the world, but you’re going to pay for it later. All good things in moderation, people. All things.
What do you think about this? Mad? Sad? Happy? Not surprised? Not interested? Let’s hear it! —Jenn