Paula Deen is No Longer the Butter Queen

Stacy Matson | Celebrity Health
Paula Deen is No Longer the Butter Queen

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We all know that eating sticks of butter and cups of sugar for a snack then sitting around like a sloth is not a good idea, unless you’re Paula Deen and have found a way to turn that into millions of dollars

But for most of us that type of lifestyle will result in an early grave. Here's a rumor to file under duh...  Paula Deen, the sassy southern cook who is famous for preparing calorie laden foods, like deep-fried sticks of butter and gooey chocolate butter cake, may no longer be able to indulge in her own foods because she's reportedly been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But, if the rumors are true that Deen has diabetes, she may have to look her viewers in the eye and say she was wrong. Deen is said to be shocked, and devastated; but really, who didn't see that coming?

The 64-year-old Food Network star has been criticized for years by health groups for the ridiculous amounts of fat, salt, and sugar she uses in her recipes and if you’ve ever watched her show you know what I mean.  I think Deen’s most outrageous concoction is something called the Lady's Brunch Burger which consists of a hamburger patty, bacon, cheese, a fried egg, and is served on two, yes two, glazed donuts.  Gross…but, I suppose an adult has every right to eat that, however, Deen isn’t satisfied with limiting her death defying recipes to adults.  She’s going after children now; tempting them with recipes like “breakfast cheesecake” which she included in her children's cookbook.  I’m sure parents are thrilled.

One of Deen’s most outspoken critics is Anthony Bourdain, the host of No Reservations, who called her “the worst, most dangerous person in America.”  He also said that, “Deen should think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.” His words are harsh, but I agree.  Her food is a death sentence.  Deen, however, takes the criticisms in stride and has never apologized for her food.  But, if the rumors are true, she may have to look Americans in the eye and say she was wrong.

So far, Deen has yet to publicly confirm her diagnosis.  Perhaps she’s afraid of the backlash and the “I told you so’s!” She is scheduled to appear on the Today Show January 17th where it is said she’ll address the diabetes story along with the rumor that she has partnered with pharmaceutical giant Novartis.  The details of the partnership are vague but apparently she’ll out herself in exchange for a multi-million dollar endorsement deal.  Hmmm…

It’s 2012, the start of a new year, and time to make lifestyle changes. Diabetes is a very preventable and controllable disease. However, if symptoms are ignored or left untreated it can be life threatening as it wreaks havoc on the body’s organs, blood vessels, nerves, and eyes. Diabetes also increases your risk of having a stroke, developing heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, or kidney failure.  

Learn how you can prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes through healthy lifestyle choices by increasing your level of physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight. And by all means, don't stick to the 'Deen diet' as your mainstay. I’ll bet the Lady’s Brunch burger doesn’t sound so tempting anymore, does it?


Stacy Matson, a health enthusiast from Southern California, regularly blogs on Celebrity Health for A Healthier World, as well as contributing to the Best of the Best.

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