Paula Deen’s Not So Shocking News

17 Jan

It was finally revealed yesterday by Paula Deen that she has Type II Diabetes. The Southern chef who is most known for using multiple sticks of butter in every recipe has kept quiet about the disease despite persistent rumors for years. It’s not really surprising that she does have diabetes given her extremely high fat, high calorie recipes and that she’s overweight. However, I find it irresponsible that she’s hidden for so long and continues to cook in the same manner.

According to People Magazine, Paula said she doesn’t want diabetes to stop her from enjoying the foods she loves. While I fully understand that and believe one can be healthy following the “everything in moderation” rule, I’m not so sure it applies to her situation as much. To me, it sounded more like she was in denial. Granted, towards the end of the article, she did say she was going to lighten up a few of her favorite recipes, but overall I got the feeling she doesn’t plan to change much.

If she weren’t in the public eye, I suppose that’s her decision then. She knows the risks of continuing her high fat cooking lifestyle with diabetes and it’s her choice to live that way. But, I think as a celebrity, she has a responsibility to the public. By adopting such a laissez-faire attitude, I think it shows that she doesn’t think diabetes is all that serious. In reality, it is very serious and when it’s not in control with medication and lifestyle changes, it can cause extremely serious health problems as well as early death.

Obviously she can’t give up her favorite Southern favorites for the rest of her life. I fully get that, but she should give them up the majority of the time in order to stay healthy and encourage her fans with the same health issues. Splurge on holidays with decadent macaroni and cheese, but during the rest of the year, Paula should focus on making all of her recipes healthy. If she’s as good of a chef as she is perceived, it shouldn’t be hard for her to convert her recipes to healthier options.

The obesity rate in this country is skyrocketing and so are diabetes diagnoses. As a public figure, she can do so much to educate people about the disease and help those struggling with proper diet and nutrition cook healthy, but tasty meals. Right now, I’m really disappointed with the way it is being handled. I hope to see changes from her in the future that will not only benefit her own health, but the health of the public.

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One Response to “Paula Deen’s Not So Shocking News”

  1. thetortoiseruns January 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM #

    The only thing that shocked me about this news was that it took so long for her to confirm it. I am absolutely horrified that someone in her position isn’t taking responsibility for the effect she has on her audience. People look to her (wisely or not) and emulate her lifestyle. She’s putting a lot of people in danger. Who knows how many people she has guided into diabetes or heart disease or similar lifestyle-related diseases. What a shame.

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