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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Paula Deen's Diabetes

Have you heard that Paula Deen, a Celebrity Chef and the Queen of Low Country cooking, announced last week that she has had Type 2 Diabetes for the last three years.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Paula Deen, her style of cooking promotes high fat, high calorie meals.  There has been a great deal of criticism of her diagnosis and her continuing to promote unhealthy foods.  Quite frankly, Paula Deen's diagnosis is her business and she has chosen to disclose it and that's great.  As Americans, we put far too much emphasis on celebrities and what they think or do.  I will give you that athletes can influence the actions of kids, but I am not going to have George Clooney influence my politics or eat unhealthy foods every day because that's Paula Deen's cooking style.  If you like low country foods, fine, eat them, but do so in moderation. Since when is it a celebrity chef's responsibility to alert us to unhealthy foods.  We need to grow up and take some responsibility for our actions. 

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