A few weeks ago Paula Deen announced that she has had Type II Diabetes for 3 years. Her announcement caused an uproar in the healthy living and diabetic communities. Why did she wait so long to tell people? Why isn’t she admitting that her diet caused this? She only came forward because she has an endorsement form a drug company and is being paid. And the attacks went on and on and are still going on.
I will be the first to admit that I was angry about how she announced that she had diabetes, her timing seemed suspicious. Paula waited 3 years and then decides to announce her “not shocking” diagnosis at the same time she has secured an endorsement from a drug company and at the same time her son Bobby is advertising his new show, “Not My Mama’s Recipes”, consisting of lightened up versions of Paula’s Southern favorites. Suspicious…..
As I started to sit back think about the whole situation more and more I have come to the conclusion that Paula got the short end of the stick. Who are we to judge her?? Just because she is a celebrity who happens to cook high fat, high sugar, Southern food, does this mean she has to divulge her health issues to the world before she is ready? So she continued to cook this food on TV after being diagnosed with diabetes, so what??? If you watch Paula’s show, which I do, you know her food is not good for you, just because she cooks it doesn’t mean we have to eat it. I have watched her show for years, it is a guilty pleasure, but I can count on one hand how many of her recipes I have actually cooked for my family.
Yes, Paula has partnered with a drug company that helps control blood sugar. Yes, she is getting paid for it. So, what? We should condemn her for this? Paula and this drug company have also developed a website called Diabetes In A New Light which provides diabetics with tips to control their blood sugar, healthy recipes, cooking tips and information on how to work with your doctor to gain better blood glucose control, not such a bad thing in my opinion.
I don’t think Paula should be condemned because she decided to wait to talk about her diabetes or because she is endorsed by a drug company. I think we all need to take a good look at why this makes us so angry because I think the anger is grossly displaced. We all know Paula’s food is not the healthiest. Paula herself knows her food is not the healthiest, she is always preaching about moderation on her show and she never alludes that her food is healthy. Paula is not dishonest about her cooking, if you haven’t realized by now that the amount of butter she uses on her show is bad for your health then you are in denial, not Paula.
What we need to learn from this situation is that we all need to take responsibility for ourselves. We have a choice in the types of food we eat, just because it is on TV does not mean we have to cook and eat it. If you watch the Food Network regularly or have ever watched a cooking show on any channel you know that the majority of the food made on these shows is unhealthy. Paula’s show is not the only show that has indulgent, unhealthy food on it. We need to take the time and reevaluate our choices and stop laying blame where it doesn’t belong, on other people.
The moral of this post is that before we judge others and their decisions we need to take a step back and realize that we have no right to assume that we know what goes on behind closed doors. Paula had her own reasons for not talking about her disease until now and we have no right to judge her or those decisions.
What do you think of Paula Deen’s announcement that she has Diabetes?