Lesley Kennedy

Paula Deen: I Have Type-2 Diabetes

Paula Deen

courtesy the Orlando Sentinel

A diagnosis of type-2 diabetes won’t keep Paula Deen from making her signature fatty dishes on her Southern home cooking show.


The Food Network star finally owned up to having the disease—first diagnosed three years ago— this morning on “Today,” after much speculation.


“I’m here today to let the world know that it is not a death sentence,” Deen, 64, tells the news show, which adds that she is a paid spokesperson for pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, the supplier of her medication for diabetes.


Novo Nordisk will begin an ad campaign featuring Deen this month, according to “Today.” Coincidence—or marketing genius?


So, since obesity is a contributor to type-2 diabetes, will Deen eschew the high-fat, high-calorie, high-sugar recipes she’s famous for—like donut hamburgers—for healthier fare on “Paula’s Best Dishes”?


Not likely.


“Here’s the thing, you know, I’ve always encouraged moderation,” Deen told “Today.” “On my show, you know, I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes, but I tell people ‘in moderation… You can have that little piece of pie …’”


As for her own diet and behavior, the TV personality tells USA Today that she has cut out her sweet tea habit and hits the treadmill daily to walk a mile or so— helping her drop a dress size.


“That’s a big trick for a little Southern girl,” she tells the newspaper. “I calculated how much sugar I drank in empty calories, and it was staggering. I would start drinking tea at lunchtime and drank it all the way to bedtime.”


Deen told “Today” she has, in fact, “always eaten in moderation.”


“You know, people see me on TV two or three times a day and they see me cooking all these wonderfully Southern, fattening dishes,” she told the show. “That’s only 30 days out of 365. And it’s for entertainment. And people have to be responsible. Like I told Oprah a few years ago, honey, I’m your cook, not your doctor. You are going to have to be responsible for yourself.”


Does that mean a hamburger donut is OK if we only eat the bottom bun?


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16 Responses to “Paula Deen: I Have Type-2 Diabetes”

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  • Lindy B. says:

    Interesting perceptions. Paula Dean made her health public on purpose. It is now everyone’s business. I believe she did so to help people with their health and their food choices. She is a beginner at cooking healthy. I believe she will evolve and learn how to make many of the same dishes as well as new ones a healthy-yet-delicious way. It is a huge challenge though. I think that how she makes a living has everything to do with who she is and perhaps who she will be even more so. It isn’t very fun to cook things that you would not want to eat or feed to your family. Either way, I don’t get the high level of emotion surrounding this topic and comments made concerning a celebrity that no one here actually knows. Trust me, she doesn’t give a flip what any of us think…lol.

  • Linda says:

    She is who she is and her health issues are no ones business.
    The part that makes me blink is that she knew first hand how unhealthy the food she was making and teaching others to make was.
    If she is smart ( and I think she is ) she will start showing us how she make great food with low carbs and fats.
    She is now on trial with public opinion.
    Good luck, honey!

  • Tabitha says:

    I don’t know why everyone is getting mad at Paula Deen, it’s not like she’s telling everyone to eat her recipes. If you don’t like it don’t make it and don’t watch her shows.

  • Deborah Goodwin says:

    I am so angry. Shame on all of you! Paula Deen’s health condition has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on what she does for a living. Her shows are purely entertainment and what she does, she does superbly! I don’t believe that I have ever heard her suggest to anyone that they should eat Ooey Gooey Butter Cake three times a day. And if that is what your perception of her message is….then more the fools are you.
    Based on your opinions, I guess that your oncologist certainly couldn’t treat you adequately if he/she had cancer.
    Paula’s shows, recipes and books are fabulous and her health is nobodys’ business but her own.
    I am just very sorry that she must suffer fools and think that she has anything to explain. The American public can be such idiots. No wonder we have such obesity in this country, I guess you are all sitting at home watching tv, drinking sweet tea and eating Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.

  • joyce says:

    Why is it always worse when a celebrity developes an illness? I have been a brittle diabetic for 8 years, and I’m doing fine. No pity or sypmpathy for me.I think this is a publicity move for Paula. i used to like her – now, not so much.

  • clarence wood says:

    shame on you. money will make you do stupid things

  • Jan Bettger says:

    My youngest son is Type 2 also. Both he and his wife are starting Weight Watchers and exercize. I would like to surprise them and my daughter and her husband with some of your great recipes. I have always had to watch my weight, so I know what a pain it can be. Thanks for all your shows and for all the kind things you do for people. Jan

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