By flipmom Latest Reply 2012-01-23 18:14:33 -0600
Started 2012-01-17 13:01:29 -0600

Just found out about this… i love her show..

98 replies

dietcherry 2012-01-23 12:48:29 -0600 Report

From Dr Whitaker's Health & Wellness blog

Thanks to TaraHealth :)

Nick1962 2012-01-23 15:16:35 -0600 Report

Nice article. Given that perspective I can see this endorsement will be short lived. I can see ADA putting up some form of protest (if one isn’t already in the works).

dietcherry 2012-01-23 16:21:51 -0600 Report

Check this link out Nick; apparently, Novo Nordisk didnt even know Paula was diabetic when they approached her about the endorsement deal! The plot thickens…

Nick1962 2012-01-23 16:28:48 -0600 Report

Wow! Makes me think what the #@*+ was Novo thinking. I could think of several cooks/chefs I'd find a whole lot more credible.

Type1Lou 2012-01-23 18:14:33 -0600 Report

I agree that NovoNordisk must have had their heads where the sun don't shine to ask Paula Dean to be their spokesperson.

GabbyPA 2012-01-23 15:23:19 -0600 Report

I agree if that is truly the case. Who is using who is what I wonder. This drug has a lot of questions and doubts that loom around it. Getting a celeb to endorse it (why people think that sells is beyond me) may be their foot in the door above the competition as well. Time will tell if she changes her career. I am sure there are many of folks who are diagnosed with diabetes who work in a fast food joint, just don't up and quit. They learn to work around it. She may or may not do the same. For the sake of diabetics everywhere, I hope she does. But that is her choice.

dietcherry 2012-01-23 16:16:00 -0600 Report

For the sake of ALL people everywhere, I hope she does. Her way of cooking also contributes to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, etc.

Nick1962 2012-01-23 16:07:13 -0600 Report

Oh I agree and can easily see that "foot in the door" get quickly cut off by the competition if they took the tack that they sell products for people who need medical help, not as a crutch for those who won't help themselves.
Yet another article here that was reprinted in the Huff Post today
Brings up a good point - if her show is about home cooking "there's a lot going on in her kitchen that is as far removed from home cooking as you can get."

Nick1962 2012-01-22 14:21:05 -0600 Report

Just to add a little twist here. How do you think Ms. Deen would respond to this thread? After all, this is a public forum and there is a chance she or a staffer might just see it.

GabbyPA 2012-01-23 15:13:44 -0600 Report

I am sure it has popped up in the millions of Goggle searches out there. Some of our members have even reached out to her on her Facebook page. Who knows?

Nick1962 2012-01-21 16:29:12 -0600 Report

Can we take one more opinion? There are plenty cooks/chefs (celebrity and otherwise) with diabetes, and most don’t “come out”. To them, cooking is their profession and their target audience is those that find their product good, whether they themselves eat it or not. It is their paycheck. Paula Deen is paid primarily to entertain not cook. If someone without any personality or sparkle tried to present her recipes they’d never make their first show. Frankly, her recipes aren’t all that over the top for the average person. Growing up in the dairy state myself, I can tell you dinner wasn’t dinner without at least a quarter pound of butter. Should she continue to hawk her current recipes? If she makes a buck she’d be stupid not to. If she can lean them up and still make a buck all the better – Graham Kerr did it. In the food business (and that’s what she’s in) you have to push what the customer is buying just like any other business.

However I do think the timing of her “coming out” and the drug endorsement is a bit slimy and timed to boost ratings. I will also say that she’d come off as disingenuous if she didn’t at least at some point acknowledge that her weight and eating habits likely contributed to her diagnosis.

What bothers me the most about all this is the fact that we seem to have a very hypocritical government and society. In the “interest of public health” we ban all cigarette advertising, limit alcohol advertising (and even those we show always must have the “drink responsibly” disclaimer), and some states ban lottery advertising because it panders to the poor and those with gambling addiction. The obesity rate in the U.S. for children 2-5 is over 10%. And that number only grows with age. How shows like hers, and “Mann vs Food” and portions of “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” where the host actually describes some foods as “heart attack on a bun”, are not only are allowed to thrive, but in some cases glorify gluttony are beyond me. Really? We can’t sell a pack of smokes to a 16 year old, but a 1200 calorie burger is OK?

GabbyPA 2012-01-22 10:02:14 -0600 Report

You have a lot of great points. I know I watch the Food Network a lot. I get a lot of great ideas from there. I don't watch Paula Deen because I cannot handle the y'all stuff. I love Good Eats because it explains the science behind food and cooking and helps me understand what to do in unfamiliar situations in the kitchen. But it is true, the network promotes a lot of unhealthy programming. People who love food, love this channel. I cringe when I see things like Man vs Food on the Travel Channel. OMG...really did he eat ALL of that? He had to change his show format because he has had several heart attacks. He no longer eats that stuff, but encourages others to do as you said, it is all for the almighty buck. Food sells. Big food sells big.

Food is a sport and it is not the essence of life any longer. It has not been so since man began to farm, and stopped hunting and gathering. This is why we are in the state we are in to be honest.

The hypocrisy is everywhere and once we allow the government to control our choices, we give up our ability to choose for ourselves. I don't smoke, but I have no right to make another person stop. I don't drink, but as long as they are not hurting me, I cannot tell them what to do.

We have given up the responsibility for our own lives and expect the FDA and government to choose what is healthy for us. If we still keep that feeling of being responsible for ourselves, we don't give in to the wacky junk that fills the TV air ways every day. I know I had, and now that I am gaining back my self responsibility for my health, I make MUCH better choices. Not always the best ones, but they are far better than what I used to do.

Nick1962 2012-01-22 14:18:21 -0600 Report

Yes, it is a shame we can't seem to protect ourselves from ourselves. It does usually take some public outcry, epidemic or death to realize that sometime we do need government intervention to protect us from those that feed on the weak. I'm usually not in favor of government regulation, but it does have it's place - speed limits, building codes, minimum nutritional guidlines for school lunch, mandatory vaccines against polio, etc.

Caroltoo 2012-01-21 14:21:50 -0600 Report

I agree she should have the full right to disclose or not as she so choses. It's her life, body, and diease.

I see the possibility of great good coming from this if she really accepts having D and does rework her recipes and cooking style to be healthy ones.

My fear is that she will make enough adaptations so she appears to be dealing with her D and, in fact, will mislead a whole generation of cooks.

At this point she has set herself up through her own choices, to do great good or immense harm.

MrsCDogg 2012-01-21 07:52:02 -0600 Report

She went public because she is already a public figure. She didn't have to go public with that information. It's her business. It is her business that she is hooked up with some big drug company too. However, people were going to find out sooner or later.
What I didn't like was the patronizing way that Al Roker asked her if she was going to change her ways now. I hate when a formerly fat person gets all self righteous and feels like they have the right and duty to "save" the world. It's like a religion! Fat is not a four letter word. Neither is diabetes! It's a disease just like arthritis, or cancer, or depression.

pixsidust 2012-01-21 12:37:16 -0600 Report

Sometimes they do not ask questions personally but ones they think the public has an interest in and most people want to know the answer to that question

theresemeuel 2012-01-21 22:49:46 -0600 Report

Fat and diabetes may not be 4 letter words but all of the science points to the fact that being overweight is the main cause of type 2 diabetes. She glossed of that fact at best and pointed to age and genetics as the cause. That is irresponsible at best and in my opinion extremely destuctive. If she felt the need to "come out" why not try to educate people on how they could prevent or reverse the condition? I guess because she's being paid by a pharmacutical company to keep people stupid and on meds. I want to make very clear I'm talking about type 2 diabetes, the kind that is very much in our control!

Type1Lou 2012-01-23 08:09:09 -0600 Report

To be fair, didn't Ms Dean also mention that "Okay, but I probably think it was the lard, too."…There are many factors causing diabetes.

theresemeuel 2012-01-23 12:00:14 -0600 Report

You are correct she did "mention" it. It was 3rd or 4th on the list. My problem with that is it should have been #1. As a country we are getting fatter and more unhealthy daily. Children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes now. Someone with her celebrity and access could have helped to change that trend. I agree it's not her "job" but why wouldn't you take that oppurtunity? I would love to have her access to the media to let people know how easy it is to make small changes that can have a profound effect on your health…

GabbyPA 2012-01-19 10:23:54 -0600 Report

Wow, I have to say I am very surprised and the rough treatment Paula is getting from so many of us who understand how overwhelming a diagnosis of diabetes is. I expect it from the self righteous folks in her industry, but not from us. Why would we beat up ANY person who was diagnosed with diabetes?
Watch her Today Show interview. There is hope inside her to live life to it's fullest. A goal we all have. Her coming forward with this will put a more human side on it and she will have to battle the barrage of ignorant comments blaming her lifestyle alone on her disease. We ALL know there is more to it than that.

If it were a child with diabetes who kept it hidden, we would all have sympathy and offer comfort. But because she is an older adult with a life built on cooking rich foods, we BLAME her instead??? Really?

I'm sorry if I am overstepping my bounds, but this is my opinion. I am passionate about supporting ANY diabetic in their journey. I don't care if they are rich or poor or make good or bad choices. They are here now. I believe we should offer our comfort, help and the encouragement we all need to each other, no matter our status in life.

We don't know how the sponsorship came about. We don't know her personal lifestyle. We don't know those things because it is not our business. Our business is to support her and help.

dietcherry 2012-01-19 19:14:14 -0600 Report

For the very last time, no one in this thread has criticized her right to privacy regarding her D. And who here has blamed her for bringing this disease on herself?
I think many of her choices were made in the name of profit and thats my entitled opinion.
My grievance is that she continued to abet the very disease that her unhealthy choices contributed to pulling the trigger on.
Im moving on from this thread now. Have a nice day everyone.

jessica32 2012-01-19 20:50:16 -0600 Report

Man I thought I didn't need my psych meds so I stop taking them. I realize now that it was a bad mistake. I haven't logged on cuz I was going threw some depression and other things. I'm taking my meds now hopefully I will be myself again soon.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-19 19:22:17 -0600 Report

Well said, but then I think all of us who posted questioning her motives did so as well. I'm just amazed at the post jumping on us for her being diabetic, and so clearly not getting the issue beyond that.

dietcherry 2012-01-20 22:01:27 -0600 Report

Yes agreed. Its like a lung cancer victim encouraging someone to smoke.

Diabetes robs people of their eyes, their kidneys, their limbs, and their lives. As a diabetic I couldnt in good conscience push carby, sugary foods on ANYONE knowing the death sentence D can be.

I am leaving this time, but I didnt want to be rude and not respond to you :)

EJMac 2012-01-19 13:56:02 -0600 Report

I agre with you, Gabby.

Caroltoo 2012-01-19 14:27:12 -0600 Report

I agree she should have the full right to disclose or not as she so choses. It's her life, body, and diease.

I see the possibility of great good coming from this is she really accepts having D and does rework her recipes and cooking style to be healthy.

My fear is that she will make enough adaptations so she appears to be dealing with her D and, in fact, will mislead a whole generation of cooks. At this point she has set herself up through her own choices, to do great good or immense harm.

pixsidust 2012-01-19 09:37:39 -0600 Report

She went public because she is paid to go public by the company who makes the medicine she takes. She said I unfortunately have to earn a living. I still think most are upset because they feel entitled to her life.

Somoca 2012-01-19 10:08:27 -0600 Report

I have no envy for that woman's life. Obviously SOMETHING in her life is wrong if she has to hide something like that. There are many stars out there who have diabetes and they have no problem with the world knowing. What I have a problem with is that unethical woman standing in front of that camera every week slapping that stick of butter in every bowl she had knowing full well that she couldn't eat that stuff and neither could 1/3 of america.

pixsidust 2012-01-19 10:27:15 -0600 Report

Obviously the majority 2/3 is paying her and that how she earns a living.
Unless we the 1/3 intend to start paying her bills and giving her contracts…We do not have room to stamp our feet

BBW4EVR 2012-01-19 01:22:32 -0600 Report

Paula Dean owes US nothing. What her course of action regarding her Diabetes is, is between her Dr., her family and her. If she chooses to continue to do her cooking series doing Southern comfort food, that is up to her. Just becasue she cooks it, does not mean she eats it. I cook for my family, and I don't eat things I cook/bake for them. She is not obligated to the world of Diabetes in anyway. It is her life and her choices…just like yours or mine belong to us individually. And as far as her waiting two/three years to make this very private matter public, perhaps she was educating herself. How many of us can say we learned all there is to know about this disease in two or three years. She has, most likely, gone through all of the stages after being diagnosed that we all did. So, please, give her some space and all of the time she needs/wants to make decisons regarding her life that, are really, none of our business.

squog master
squog master 2012-01-20 22:36:27 -0600 Report

I watch the cooking show The Chew, Paula & sons were on it the other day. She said she wanted to educate herself first before going public. But I agree w/ you, she owes us nothing & people need to BACK OFF!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-19 02:56:19 -0600 Report

You are right, it is none of our business, and she could have kept it private as you say. But SHE chose to open up her mouth, and not with the intention of making changes to her public cooking. I would think in three years she learned the importance of eating right as a diabetic. Also, by being a paid spokesperson for the injectable drug she is taking, you would think she would relize people will want to follow her example.

You don't put youself/business out there and not expect to get questions asked. I frankly would have been happy if she did keep this to herself, especially if she wasn't planning on promoting a healthier life style that would include diabetic friendly cookbooks.

GabbyPA 2012-01-19 10:10:00 -0600 Report

She has been making those changes. Her son has a cooking show now that has adapted many of her recipes to more healthy living. Her website now has recipes that are healthier. Remember, we can eat just about anything if we are doing so with carb counting and moderation in mind. I imagine she is working on a cookbook of adaptations. Those things don't happen overnight, and like many of us, I also imagine there was a long period of denial that went with the diagnosis. If you watch her Today Show interview, you may see more of that side of her.

Would you have wanted a microscope on you every day after you found out you were a diabetic? I venture to say many of us would not have liked it too much. It is a huge learning curve. We should be supporting her, not belittling her. She will get enough of that form people who don't understand diabetes.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-19 18:49:09 -0600 Report

Since I have childhood diabetes, it isn't what I ate that caused it( post above), but I also didn't announce it to the entire world as she has done. She chose to make a living in the public eye, and being under a microscope comes with the job! I hope she does get it and makes the needed changes and time will tell. People are "belittling" her not for the diagnosis and the need to be educated about it, but the way she has announced it with the drug endorsement, and then her comment of not being our dr, but our cook. It is almost like; take this drug and you can eat as unhalthy as you want, etc… How are type 2 supposed to take it seriously?

BBW4EVR 2012-01-19 11:35:54 -0600 Report

Totally agree with you, Gabby. Understanding for Paula as she is in a no-win situation. Criticized for not sharing, criticized for sharing, criticized for not changing her diet, criticized for writing a cookbook WITH diet changes…AND a lot of this criticiisim from this forum and its users…how disappointing. If you don't like the way Ms. Paula has handled her PRIVATE medical situation, turn the TV off and don't buy her book/s…but don't attack her based on your own assumption of what/why she has chosen the path she has. AND, I am sure she is not the only high-profile person with Type 2 Diabetes. And as for Mr. Anthony Bourdain and his criticism of Ms. Dean, I find it ironic that he, who smokes like a chimmney, drinks like a fish, swears like a sailor, and eats what is put in front of him-no matter what it is-has little room to open his mouth for anything except his own health-hazard habits.

pixsidust 2012-01-18 21:10:07 -0600 Report

I never watched her but knew of her
Question is just because someone is famous
Is their medical history any of our business…really???
She does not owe us that
Do you owe your neighbors on your block the right to know
your personal business because you may be a role model in the neighborhood?
She choose not to do it.
Everyone with an ounce of sense knew her recipes were over the top
I never would pick her to mentor me even if she had perfect health

The fact she choose not to be a roll model thats the disappointment
She could have but choose not to and that a shame
She could have done that all the while keeping her privacy even
She did not owe it to us… to tell us however
Being in the public does not mean you are owned by the public

dietcherry 2012-01-18 23:45:29 -0600 Report

Hey doll! I agree she didnt have an obligation to reveal her D status BUT to continue to promote unhealthy eating after she was diagnosed appears self-serving.
Generally, we know how non-diabetics view us: we brought D on ourselves by bad diet and lifestyle choices. She knew she would be judged the very same way and her empire would suffer for it.

After all a read on it today, seems this is what people are upset about :)

pixsidust 2012-01-19 09:49:12 -0600 Report

When most people work its not for the good of mankind. Cooking is her work. No matter if the public is upset the choice was personal. She is only public now as its part of her work being paid by the pharmaceutical company. I can't fault her for earning living and call it self serving. Of course its self serving! When I work… I work for myself…doesn't all of us?

She could have been an advocate but wasn't. We do not know the contracts she held either that she had to fulfill to earn a living

I still think its the you owe us mentality. Thats why most are upset. Again what if her contracts prohibited her?

MsKelly50 2012-01-19 06:05:33 -0600 Report

I've been watching Paula Deen for yrs and it was no big surprise when she told the world she has type 2. However, if any of you have been paying any attention at all for the past 2-3 days she's been on tv promoting her healthier version of her favorite foods and has partnered up with a diabetes medicine supplier/company to promote better eating.
We should suport her not belittle her!

dietcherry 2012-01-19 08:48:33 -0600 Report

Hello! Your statement "it was no big surprise when she told the world she has Type 2"; why werent you surprised MsKelly?

MsKelly50 2012-01-19 10:06:12 -0600 Report

First of all she has gained an enormous amount of weight, that and her love of butter and high caloric foods was the other. I guess I am a bit surprised that she hid it for 3 yrs, however DENIAL is a powerful thing. I feel now that she has told the world she will show us all new lighter and healthier foods that I for one will enjoy seeing. I have watched her for many yrs and denied my own type 2 for over 8 yrs.

dietcherry 2012-01-19 10:30:08 -0600 Report

Im sorry that all of us have to deal with this crummy disease! I was 13 when I was diagnosed T1 but I didnt have the luxury of denial—it was shots and finger sticks right from the git!!
None of us know her motivation for keeping her diagnosis secret and no one in this thread has a problem with it that I can see. At this point it is a lot of speculation although someone employed by her stated that it was money-motivated and the shame and guilt she felt over her diagnosis.

I like Paula—I find her a charming and personable celebrity!

Ive spent years educating people around me about this disease. I only wish I had her public platform to speak from! And, fingers crossed, she will be a worthy advocate for D education! Halle Berry, whom I adore, said in an interview that she cured her T2. Disappointing? Very much so but as long as Im on this earth I will spread the D gospel!

I hope you have a wonderful day MsKelly! Im due for my 3 month Endo check-up today so say a prayer for me please!!! :)

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-19 13:42:37 -0600 Report

Renee, You just hit a very important nail square on the head
" I was 13 when I was diagnosed T1 but I didn't have the luxury of denial—it was shots and finger sticks right from the git!!"
This is the biggest difference between Type I and Type II, myself being a type II I can say to hell with it and skip the insulin a couple of times and just end up with high numbers, But you being a Type I skip your insulin a couple of times its coma time and maybe death. It is much easier for us to deny, where you can not even think of denial. I did not like the way the today interview was handled, they should of had Dr Nancy Snyderman there to talk more about the causes of Type II. I firmly believe that Al Roker is a closet diabetic, why else would he had a like threatening operation such as his gastric bypass a few years ago.
But then I may be just full of crap;}~~~~~
Your Good Friend, Hope the numbers were good!!

MsKelly50 2012-01-19 10:08:45 -0600 Report

It was and still is hard for me, I have 3 growing children and we are all used to eating unhealthy as it is. Now that my doctor is being so insistant I am eating better and have started to get my family to as well. Good luck to us all… :)

pixsidust 2012-01-19 09:52:28 -0600 Report

I wasn't surprised I became Diabetic with my lifestyle, Renee. Many like you did nothing unhealthy and life dealt you Diabetes, Some its merely hereditary and with me it was both hereditary and what I ate. Perhaps the writing was on the wall like it was with me

dietcherry 2012-01-19 10:00:21 -0600 Report

Christy, how unhealthy was your lifestyle? What were the choices you made that you feel brought your diabetes on??

pixsidust 2012-01-19 10:38:45 -0600 Report

I at mac and cheese every day since age 20 and three times a week since age 10. I ate piles of pasta. Not just a serving but a dinner plate. A box of Velveeta mac and cheese would be "many" a dinner and breakfast. I would also boil noodles, add butter and melted cheddar cheese. I crave it. I acted like I could live on "just"pasta but obviously I can't live if I do eat it in that fashion. Cauliflower and cheese helps with it and eating other things till I am full also helps. Fortunately I love spinach and can eat that to my hearts content

dietcherry 2012-01-19 11:00:47 -0600 Report

Ever thought about giving the New Improved Diabetic Paula Deen a run for her money and writing a Diabetes-friendly cookbook?? I love ya and I gotta go get ready for my appt. Talk to you later my sweet!!!!

TsalagiLenape 2012-01-18 20:50:06 -0600 Report

Personally I am worried and a bit mad. She hid it for three years. She can do her normal recipes but I want to see her do some of them for Diabetics in mind. Her sales may drop but not if she turns some of her recipes Diabetic Friendly Healthy and Good. So what is up with her? I love her for she reminds me of my Mom yet not telling everyone about her dianosis til three years later is nonsense. Yet can understand she had to learn new things. I hope the best for her.

GabbyPA 2012-01-19 10:03:38 -0600 Report

Her son has taken many of her recipes and changed them to being more healthy. His show is new and starts soon I believe. It is called "This ain't my Momma's Cooking" It will be a great way to adapt her recipes. Also, she has much more health conscious recipes on her website. Few of us changed overnight. I hope that her telling people will result in myths about diabetes getting blasted.

dietcherry 2012-01-18 12:12:22 -0600 Report

She built her empire on her down-home southern-fried cooking; its no wonder she waited 3 years to reveal her D status. There is going to be a mega-drop in sales of her current books.
Even though I never used her recipes, does anyone else feel hood-winked?!

MsKelly50 2012-01-19 10:12:06 -0600 Report

Personally, I think that her sales will remain the same if not rise. People all over the world love and admire her. After all there are over 30 million ppl with diabetes and I'd venture to say that probably half of them watch her show.

flipmom 2012-01-18 20:48:26 -0600 Report

well alot of people depended on her.. they need to make a plan B before going to the public… and she even have an endosement for non insulin shot… money money money… i hope all works out and she might help the D/ community!

dietcherry 2012-01-18 20:52:12 -0600 Report

Who are you talking about depended on her? The public?

dietcherry 2012-01-18 21:01:42 -0600 Report

Oh please 3 years to make a plan B to protect her employees paychecks? She didnt want to lose any money out of her OWN pocket. One of her employees has already outed her and said she timed her confession to the announcement that she is the new spokesperson for Victoza…
I dont hate her but I do see the greed swirling around this!

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-18 22:56:44 -0600 Report

You nailed it. Greed, greed, greed.
She has been diagnosed with diabetes for three years and did not annouce it until she found a product that could control it AND pay her to endorse it.
Will she be endorsing a meter and test strips? Alcohol swabs and lancets?
Cynical maybe.True probably.

dietcherry 2012-01-18 23:28:31 -0600 Report

Right on Lew! Which is worse: having your arteries hardened from her recipes or having your heart hardened by greed?

flipmom 2012-01-18 21:06:01 -0600 Report

like i said.. its all about the money… but im still hoping that some good will come out of this…

Jeanae 2012-01-18 07:42:38 -0600 Report

Her son Bobby has a show on the cooking network called "Not My Mama's Meals" that takes her dishes and makes them more calorie and fat friendly. Interesting to watch but I still can't eat what he makes either. But it is very entertaining.

MewElla 2012-01-18 07:51:18 -0600 Report

Show should be interesting to see if she changes over her receipes or just hangs onto the ones she has been making for years with all the high caloric and fat in them. Saw lots of discussion on Paula last night on t.v.