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.
Healthy living expert and author Andrew Well calls for
Paula Deen to change her diet
"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
" ... 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
Anthony Bourdain, a known critic of Paula Deen. He doesn't take
the bait by saying anything particularly mean-spirited or
controversial ... just one small dig.
"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
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
"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.