Thinking Tuesday – Paula Deen

Posted: January 17, 2012 in diabetes, thinking tuesday

I’m kinda mad at you Paula Deen. And whether it brings controversy I need to talk about it.
If you’re out of the loop ya’ll here’s a look at Paula’s latest dish:
Paula Deen revealed today that she has Type 2 Diabetes and that she has had that diagnosis for 3 years.  She recently came out with this revelation at the same time she announced her endorsement with a Danish company that makes a diabetes medication.


Here’s where I stand:  
Paula, I am sorry that you have type 2 diabetes.  I know that must be a strain and a concern to you and your family. 
I don’t want to point fingers at your butter-laden food (it’s clearly a big contributor) or to your status as an overweight woman over 45.  There are 23 million Americans with Type 2 Diabetes, so clearly prevention isn’t easy.


Here’s why I’m mad:
You’ve known about this for three years and in that time you hid the diagnosis and kept plugging away at your Southern Charm and devilishly decadent foods.  Only NOW that there’s an endorsement on the table do you finally pipe up about your disease. An endorsement for medication…medication for a disease that is largely manageable and even reversible with DIET AND EXERCISE!

Paula you are a celebrity, food icon, and mentor to many.  Do you realize what an impact you could have made if you would’ve stood up three years ago and said, “I made poor dietary choices and I have type 2 diabetes. I’m going to face it with diet and exercise.  I’m going to change my diet, my eating habits, and my health.  Who wants to join me America?
Can you imagine the fire you would’ve lit under an overweight society’s butt?  
It could’ve been magical.
Picture women in the grocery store saying, “I never thought I could cut out Mac ‘n cheese and buttered rolls, but if Paula can then I can.  She was the queen of fattening food!”
See Paula…you could’ve made a difference. A huge, gigantic difference.
But you hid. You continued to push the same foods that gave you this disease and now you’re promoting the easy way out.  And…I’m mad.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes please put them in contact with a certified diabetes educator.  

Help show them that a healthy diet with loads of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber can CHANGE THEIR LIFE! Educate them that exercise can increase the insulin sensitivity of their cells making medication less needed.  Be a positive influence.  Be a catalyst. Because somebody has to.

Did you know that yearly type 2 diabetes causes more deaths then breast cancer and AIDS combined? 

Love and a little fire, 
Carissa & Kyle

  1. Alexis says:

    I saw this on the Today show and although not a surprise… come on, her pies have more butter in them than I consume in a year, it was a bit disappointing to see the "motivation" to finally talk about her disease.

  2. I agree with you mostly. Type 2 diabetes is largely reversible in many cases but not all. I agree that her weight, diet, and general lack of exercise made her risk factors of developing the disease significantly higher and that it is rather fishy that she came out about it AFTER an endorsement came along.However, it is important to note that not all Type 2 diabetes are cause by the above factors. Genetics plays a role too.

  3. Yes Madeline. Great point. Genetics do play a role and I don't want to harp on Paula for having t2d…I just wish she had approached it different.

  4. I was so focused on my frustration about how indifferent towards her diagnosis she seemed during the interview, that I didn't even THINK about the fact that she could have been doing something these past 3 years!She said that when she came forward that she "wanted to bring something to the table." Hello?!?!?!? Like you said, how about showing people how to manage diabetes with diet and exercise?But no, instead she brings a paid partnership with a drug company. Great, just great.

  5. Tara Burner says:

    I've never liked her, walked right past her restaurant in Savannah and kept on going! There was nothing on the menu my daughter and I would eat. Is it a surprise she has it? nope…do I feel for her? nope…yea call me cold and harsh but c'mon eating the way she does/has and then to keep on with the facade for 3 yrs not making any changes, not making any effort…consequences of her actions…yes genetics plays a part in it…but really…diet/exercise (lack of), being overweight….that speaks volumes.She could've made a difference but she opted to not let it 'ruin' her "brand" I mean she is all about butter, fattening stuff… and yep sad that the only motivating factor to 'come out' was endorsement from med…rather than doing it via diet/exercise…

  6. MeganNicole says:

    I agree 110% with your post. Yes, genetics play a role as the above have said. I know very tiny people with this disease…however…I am still curious to see what will happen in the next 3 years. Will she change her diet? Will she cut out the butter? Will she take a stroll down the street on a beautiful day to burn some calories? OR, will she continue with her shows and books, take the medication, and remain the same? Only time will tell what she does with the future, I just hope she makes the right choices going forward.

  7. TriGirl says:

    I have to agree with you. She could have talked about having Diabetes any time in the past 3 years and only now decided to 'confirm the rumours' when she is promoting a new drug? I have to wonder where the rumours leaked from. Genetics play a role, but there is no way that her cooking style has not significantly contributed to her diagnosis.

  8. Karla says:

    I agree! She totally should work on making her life healthier and not just correcting it with a medicine? I don't like when people promote medicines – I think that it can be dangerous for that person.

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