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If you’ve been following me, you know I love to use words like ridiculous, insane and ludicrous. Well today’s story fits them to perfection!

Today it’s been widely reported  that celebrity junk-food chef Paula Dean has diabetes, and has now signed a multi million dollar deal to represent a diabetes drug. Say what?

Over the years Deen has come under considerable scrutiny for her high fat, high calorie recipes and her terrible food recommendations, especially for kids. This is a woman who suggests cooking deep fried butter balls! In 2009, Barbara Walters asked Paula how she could suggest kids eat cheesecake for breakfast or chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. Clearly Paula Deen is a fabulous role model wouldn’t you say?

Okay, I know what many of people will say, “You don’t have to eat her food or follow her suggestions”. And I totally agree. While I may be repulsed at the food Deen cooks and how she markets it, at the end of the day we all make out own choices what to eat. But for Paula to now become a spokesperson for a diabetes drug is just plain wrong in my opinion. I have a great idea – how about Paula starts to eat better and exercise instead? What about that? Then maybe she wouldn’t even need meds.

Listen, I don’t want to make light of Paula’s condition – but the truth is that many cases of diabetes are the direct result of poor food choices – food like the high fat, sugar, sodium and fried crap Paula Deen cooks. And there are also many instances of people who find they don’t need medical intervention to help with their condition simply because they became more active and started eating more nutritious foods. Why Paula isn’t trying this obvious remedy first escapes me.

Well actually it doesn’t. I suspect I know exactly why Paula ia taking meds – because it’s easy and she’s getting paid a lot of money to lend her name to the medication. How’s that for a message – don’t change how you eat, don’t go to the root of the cause, don’t try to be healthier, just Band-Aid and cover up your bad choices with a pill! And we wonder why the rest of the world views Americans as lazy.

Seriously, unless Paula goes on TV and admits that her past way of eating was terrible, and that she brought this on herself, I’ll have ZERO respect for her. This is a golden opportunity for someone in the public eye to send a positive message, and teach others how not to make the same mistakes they have. But I’m not holding my breath.

To be clear, I’m NOT saying exercise is a cure for diabetes, but in almost all cases it certainly helps. Deen may very well need meds no matter what she does, but in my mind you should always try the non-medical remedy first.

I wish Paula all the best and hope she gets better but I do wish she was using her platform in a different way.

Edit 1/16/2012 It’s been brought to my attention that I may have offended some people with type 1 diabetes by not specifying the different types of this disease and its causes. There are two types, Type 1 and Type 2. What Paula Dean has been diagnosed with is Type 2, or adult onset diabetes, which in many cases, not all, is a direct resut of poor diet and lack of exercise. Type 1 is a genetic issue, and is no way a reflection of the persons lifestyle, result of bad food or lack of exercise. My point was that more than likely, Paula Dean, through her own poor food choices has most likely caused this condition with her own actions. With that clarified, I still stand by my other thoughts and think it’s absurd for her to promote diabetes meds.

But what about you? Do you think Paula Deen should be a spokesperson for a diabetes drug? Do you ever cook her foods? And is she sending a bad message out to America? Comment away…

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