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Paula Deen and Diabetes

January 17, 2012

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Paula Deen has Type 2 Diabetes. That’s really tragic. I had empathy. Until I found out she knew she had diabetes, for three years.

THREE YEARS!

If you haven’t experienced some of Paula Deen’s recipes, here’s a taste. The Lady’s Brunch Burger is essentially eggs, bacon, meat, cheese on two donuts.  The most confusing part about all of this was the Top Chef episode I watched where she was the judge. Were the cooks tipped off that their recipes not only had to fit the rules, but also be diabetic-friendly?

As many of my posts before it, I tend to take the school-girl route when it comes to ethics. I firmly believe that knowing you have diabetes (Type-2 to be exact) and to promote unhealthy full-of-butter recipes is just plain… unethical.  Yes, Paula certainly has a talent for cooking, and her recipes are by far very delicious. Okay, yes, I can understand to monopolize on your talent.

But to come out three years later and then decide you want to be the spokesperson for diabetes and not promote fully more healthy less-full-of-butter recipes is also unethical. It’s a double whammy.

Paula could have easily decided to come out with it three years ago and figured it out.  Kept her fame. The public would have eaten up her struggle, jumped to support her, and she would “have figured it all out in her own head.”  But to hide it, and purposefully promote foods that diabetics probably can’t even eat…that just seems so mean to me.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, there was a poll asking if readers thought Paula Deen is a good choice for a diabetes spokesperson. 81.5% said No. The number grows every time I double check it.

Moral of the story …. Honesty is always the best policy, and omission of the truth is still lying.

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