Did Paula Deen Sell You Diabetes?

January 26, 2012

Guest Blog: Melanie Lane MD, author of The 9 Habits of Healthy People
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:53PM

Suddenly Paula Deen is getting a lot of negative press for promoting her good old fashioned, Southern comfort food, now that she’s revealed she’s also being treated for type II diabetes.  Oh, the betrayal! Come on was anyone really shocked when she came out of the closet?  Of course she has diabetes, people.  Being upset over this is like being outraged to discover Pamela Anderson has hepatitis C.  We weren’t looking to Paula as any more of a role model than Pamela, were we?

Is Paula wrong for accepting payment to endorse a diabetes drug?  After all she’s getting rich from selling unhealthy food and even richer from selling a drug to counter act the side effects of eating it.  In my opinion, she’s no more guilty than the television networks who sell you a sedentary lifestyle and accept payment for airing commercials for drugs used to combat the consequences of your resulting obesity.  It’s not the way I’d feel good about doing business, but it doesn’t really matter to me.  Why?  I am still at choice.

Paula Deen didn’t promise you that you’d look like a supermodel and live forever on a diet of her food.  She didn’t hold a gun to anyone’s head and force them to eat her deep fried cheesecake that I know of.  If you eat her food regularly, and you end up overweight and diabetic, it isn’t her fault.  Americans are too quick to blame somebody else for their problems.

It’s simple:  if you don’t like what she’s selling, don’t buy it.  Don’t sit around watching her shows and eating her food and you probably won’t need to buy her drugs.

(By the way, I think Pamela would be a lovely spokesperson for interferon.)


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