Monday January 23, 2012
Last week, the baroness of butter, the sultan of salt, Paula Deen came forth and announced that she has been living with type-2 diabetes for three years. She also announced a new multi-million dollar partnership with drug maker Novo Nordisk. More than a few internet feathers were ruffled when Deen started declaring that she's always preached moderation to her viewers and won't change the way she cooks. The announcement also came with a heavy dose of promotion for her new show, "Not My Mama's Meals." Here are a few voices weighing in on the matter.
"Taking a drug to lower blood sugar without making those lifestyle changes is a classic example of trying to deal with a problem without going to the root of it. (Another is taking a pill to suppress stomach acid so that you can eat foods that cause heartburn without it.)"
Jane Black writes an insightful column on how Paula Deen has missed an opportunity.
" ... think again about the power of celebrity-awareness campaigns. Magic Johnson singlehandedly changed the debate about the AIDS virus when he public with his diagnosis of HIV. ... Deen has chosen a different path. Three years after her diagnosis, she's signed on as a paid spokeswoman for diabetes drugs-her way, she says, of bringing something to the table."
"When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you've been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you've got Type 2 Diabetes... It's in bad taste if nothing else."
After marveling at the fact that Paula Deen withheld this information for "three long, greasy years", Frank Bruni of The New York Times writes about the seemingly sneaky off-screen eating and exercise habits of restaurant critics and celebrity chefs.
"MANY of the acclaimed chefs whose television appearances, cookbooks or venerated restaurants whet our appetites have only an occasional, formal relationship with the luxuries they hawk. ... They have private trainers. They play tennis or soccer. They climb rocks or box or do yoga or bicycle or run."
And finally, the clip from " The Today Show" in which Paula Deen tells Al Roker "Honey, I'm your cook. not your doctor." It's reassuring to know she's taking the proper measures to keep her brand healthy.