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Paula Deen's Diabetes

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Marion Nestle, Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and Professor of Sociology, at New York University, reacts to the news that Food Network star (and butter enthusiast) Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes, and that she will be a spokeswoman for a maker of diabetes medications. Deen has announced that she was diagnosed three years ago.

Guests:

Marion Nestle

Comments [80]

ved12 from USA

Hope Paula can get the best treatment to control diabetes and they will live a normal life with diabetes.
<a href="http://www.areyoudiabetic.net/25032010/dawn-phenomenon-514.html">Dawn phenomenon</a>

Apr. 03 2012 04:53 AM
ved12 from USA

Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes, this is really shocking news. There are many people who are suffering with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is have many causes and symptoms of this type of diabetes are also very simple. Weight loss will help to control type 2 diabetes.
http://www.areyoudiabetic.net/25032010/dawn-phenomenon-514.html

Apr. 03 2012 04:50 AM
chantal and hans from ny ny

cigarettes and the patches and gum to quit smoking are made by the same companies

Jan. 19 2012 09:03 PM
knj from NJ

Brian does contortions to not offend any person based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, criminal status, moral turpitude etc., but being fat is vilified. Give me a break. Neither Brian nor the guest (Nestel) ever saw Paula Deen prior to this, but go on and on giving out false info about obesity, her motivations and business dealings, and diabetes. "All you have to do is lose weight to get rid of diabetes" - give me a break - that is an ill informed opinion and it is not based on fact. Obesity is correlated with diabetes, but so are more than a dozen genetic risk factors, as well as family history, some ethnicities, and a host of other risk factors. Calories are not all created equal and neither are peoples' metabolisms. This was an ignorant and irresponsible discussion among people poorly informed about a really terrible disease. Why didn't you have others on the show today who have been on before to discuss obesity? Further, if obesity were simple to cure, and subsequently cure diabetes as was indicated by your guest, where are the drugs and pharmas to do so? If that was the point, then where are the drugs to do it? What a stupid segment. I think in the uber-liberal world of the Brian Lehrer show, we've found the one group that it is OK to attack. Shame on you.

Jan. 19 2012 08:27 PM
David from Shrub Oak

One correction, you can not eat your way into Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes means your pancreas stops producing insulin. Type 2 means you have developed a resistance to insulin. They are practically two different diseases. The guest, who seems like a knowledgeable nutritionist, was a bit week on separating the two. She chastised the ADA for a statement that is true if you are discussing type one diabetes. It is one of the basic distinctions between the diseases. As a father of a 9 year old diabetic daughter who was diagnosed at 13 months, it is frustrating to hear comments from healthcare professionals that add to the confusion.

Jan. 19 2012 05:48 PM
George from Davie, FL

Brian, we love your show.
You are always very careful to screen your guests but I think this time you missed the boat. Your guest made several deragatory comments about the American Diabetis Association which are completely false. I suggest you have one of your aids look at the literature ADA sends out and compare them with the comments your guest made. I also suggest you invite somebody from ADA to present an accurate picture of Type II diabetis.
PS I have absolutely no contact with ADA, I only read their literature.

Jan. 19 2012 05:39 PM
Levi Wallach from Reston, VA

Fat is not the CAUSE of diabetes, it is a SYMPTOM! Show me one controlled study that proves diabetes (type II that is) is caused by being overweight. Fat is metabolically neutral, which means it has NO effect on insulin levels, which is what diabetes is directly related to. And this woman says it only has to do with overall caloric intake? Or perhaps fat stores? I know scores of people who were able to go off their meds on low-carb diets, even when they were still SIGNIFICANTLY overweight. Even the ADA admits now that carb levels are important, they just also don't want you going to zero because of some wrong-thinking when it comes to keto-acidosis - they'd rather you stay out of ketosis while taking meds, but then that's also because they are beholden to the drug companies. But to complain about Paula Deen and then regurgitate the same old falsehoods about calories in vs. calories out is really annoying.

Jan. 19 2012 05:15 PM

It is interesting how a gray-haired chubby American woman has become the symbol of all that is wrong with the American diet. It's her fault. Thank goodness, now we know who to blame.

Paula Dean is a 64 year old southern American female who learned to cook the southern way, loves that type of cooking, has received fame and fortune from that same style of cooking, and naturally will be inclined to avoid slamming her own creative efforts. It's not unusual for cooks to use butter and cream, have a high-fat diet, although she certainly is on the extreme end of things. But her cooking is typical for the southern part of the U.S. Which is why it's called the Stroke Belt: high concentration of strokes.

Anthony Bordain has attacked, vilified and demeaned Paula Dean, which is fairly typical of how men in any profession treat the women in their profession who are competitive, if not more successful. Bordain attacks Paula Dean for her high-fat recipes. I'd suggest Bordain put down his cigarettes and kick that deadly habit before throwing stones at Dean's glass house.

Paula Dean seems like a nice lady. I hope she wakes up and makes a radical change in her diet and lifestyle before she drops dead. I hate to see her advertising diabetes drugs, because it likely will lead people to believe they can continue to be overweight and sedentery with a bad diet as long as they take some drug.

But I don't blame Paula Dean for the corporate, Wall Street, and WTO corruption of our food supply, all done with the cooperation of the politicians they own. Let's not confuse the issue and think that the grandma down the street who bakes cookies is the culpable party here. It's the corporate control of food, the importing of food, the corn-infusion into all food with sugar and starch replacing fresh, the drug-drenched meat and dairy, the pesticides, the GMA seeds, that is the key to the problem.

Locally grown food should be the center of everyone's diet, and we should ban all GMA, void their patents and make their distribution or use illegal, radically restrict fat and sugar, and bust up the monopoly control of food. All communities should have exercise programs and gyms, swimming pools, community centers, funded by our tax dollars, with every local business and community leader participating openly in regular exercise. That would be real leadership. Our current system is killing our people, making our children fat and sick. But it's not Paula Dean's fault. She's just an easy target.

Jan. 19 2012 01:17 PM

1. Certaub people / ethnic groups are genetically predisposed toward developing type II diabetes; actual disease expression depends on gene x environment interaction. Western diet / lifestyle is a major risk factor. First priority (before pharmaceuticals) should be to create environments / communities with access to a healthy diets (low glycemic index) and ample opportunity for engaging in physical activity.

2. Japan Tobacco is an interesting case of a company selling tobacco (on the one hand) and pharmaceuticals (on the other).
http://www.jt.com/about/index.html

Jan. 19 2012 01:06 PM


In terms of "complicity":

* Why does Oprah bring Paula Dean on her show?

* Why does the Today show invite Paula dean on to their show?

Oprah could instead have had a segment called, "Watch out for the junk-food - prescription-drug complex".

The Today show could have had a segment called, "Weekly update on drug company marketing of drugs for problems that you can fix yourself through a sane diet".

But they apparently don't have these kinds of shows.
The "complex" includes the publicists and "strategic communications" companies that have these guests as clients.

(and about the "music" guest: is there a gene that makes some people answer every question with the word "so"?

Jan. 19 2012 11:59 AM
John from NYC

This was a very upsetting segment.

You pick on a woman who has a remarkable life story. Her cooking is cultural regional history, NOT diet and health recommendations.

Then your guest denies any connection between SUGAR and type II diabetes. TALK ABOUT BEING IN THE PAY OF INDUSTRY !!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan. 19 2012 11:58 AM
Andrew Satlin

Cause is the cure:
The tobacco companies have been the most successful at this because they have done it with a single product. Cigarettes cause nicotine addiction, and also ameliorate it.

Jan. 19 2012 11:52 AM
Edward from NJ

Paula Dean is pretty horrible, but Marion Nestle's eat-less-move-more prescription for weight loss is becoming less and less credible. While it's basically true as a platitude, it's also much more complicated. All calories are not the same. Individuals metabolize calories differently, and the source of those calories does matter.

Please refer to Tara Parker Pope's recent piece "The Fat Trap" in the NY Times Magazine. (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/magazine/tara-parker-pope-fat-trap.html)

Jan. 19 2012 11:51 AM
John A.

Great indicator that America is a country with money to burn, and will probably cross a point-of-no-return before better senses prevail.
Me? I walk 2.5 miles a day and reversed out a high blood pressure problem.

Jan. 19 2012 11:50 AM
Emma Johnson from NYC

Marion Nestle is not giving accurate information during her interview, and I am very disappointed to hear her comments as I have greatly enjoyed her books. People who are predisposed to develop type II diabetes absolutely cannot handle a high carbohydrate diet. Of course weight and exercise are related to developing and managing the disease (in much more complicated ways than how Nestle is characterizing it) but eating a "healthy" diet high in "healthy" carbohydrates is terrible for a diabetic, pre-diabetic, or someone who is unlucky enough to have a predisposition to the disease, and can lead to the very weight gain that is often blamed for causing the disease.

High fat foods do not necessarily lead to weight gain, and they certainly do not cause a spike in blood sugar and subsequent insulin response, and can be an excellent choice for people who have poor blood sugar function (whether clinically classified as diabetic or not).

Jan. 19 2012 11:49 AM
Hank

Since the things we do (don't do) and consume (or don't consume) don't exist in vacuums, it can be difficult to see the interplay between all the elements. And it is especially difficult to properly assess and assign blame (that sticks) to the guilty party. But in a larger sense consumer capitalism itself is built on convincing consumers of the need to buy and then filling that need.

Jan. 19 2012 11:48 AM
Eddy C from Chicago, IL

Another example of the cause being the cure and vice versa?

The lime in the coconut, mixed all up.

[Also, as a sponsored flak for NovoNordisk, Paula Deen is NOT paying $500/month, but she sure is hoping to pin other people under that financial boulder]

Jan. 19 2012 11:46 AM
Kristie from Cambria Heights

When will this nation finally have a serious discussion about WHAT is being put in our food that helps cause these health problems? I will need to stop buying my beloved Miracle Whip because they started putting HFCS in it.

Jan. 19 2012 11:46 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I TRUST the Atkins low carb-while-eating plenty of fat, eggs, meat and fish approach. Yes, if you overstuff yourself even on zero carb foods, you can gain weight if you don't exercise, but it's still much harder to do so.

No sugar and lo-carbs are the way to eat and LIVE, in my opinion. I eat plenty of eggs and butter and turkey meat and cheese, and am 65 years old with no health problems except for a touch of arthritis. And not overweight either

Jan. 19 2012 11:45 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Not only do the Republicans hate on Michelle Obama's anti-obesity efforts, they are critical of her "big butt", like that has anything to do with it(and like it's a bad thing....).

Jan. 19 2012 11:45 AM
Jess

Diabetes is indeed sugar/carb related - why would Nestle say otherwise? Paula Deen has no scruples - her partnership with Smithson Meats is disgusting. The whole situation is a classic example of how our food / drug system is so screwed up

Jan. 19 2012 11:45 AM
Jon from West Village

I completely agree with your guest.

Just to give you an even more extreme example:

My daughter has Type 1 diabetes.

Every event and yes, the JDRF are supported completely by DRUG COMPANIES and MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURES.

All they push is more treatment options. NOBODY works on a cure. There is no money in a cure.

Taking my daughter to an event means having Nick Jonas push more alternate and useless treatment options.

Now there is a huge push for the Artificial Pancreas and lobbying in congress to get the FDA to approve.

This is all more BS -- it's to create a whole new world of additional daily treatment widgets to purchase from the device manufactures.

Here is an idea of what it cost to be a type 1 diabetic:

Insulin pump ~ $3000 every 5 years
Infusion sets and site insertions ~ $300 every quarter
Test strips ~ $300 / month (T1D test MUCH more than T2D)
Insulin ~ $200 / month
Lancets, Syringes, Alcohol Swabs, yada yada yada

Since there is no cure for T1D, this is her path forever.

Jan. 19 2012 11:45 AM
Amy from Manhattan

What's wrong with Michelle Obama's "Let's Move, America!" campaign? Her last name is Obama, & therefore whatever she does must be attacked!

Jan. 19 2012 11:45 AM

Thanks, Marion!

Jan. 19 2012 11:44 AM
lisa

the same companies that make and market baby formula, in which it's use greatly increases a child's chance at getting infections, diabetes, heart disease, makes the drugs and 'diabetic meals' that maintain such diseases. so sad.

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Susan Burger from Upper West Side

The formula industry routinely does this by pushing "promotional samples" of formula into hospitals. I see a huge number of women who intended to breastfeed but someone in the hospital decided that they needed the formula, when there was zero indication for using it. Then the mother's milk supply isn't stimulated because the baby was full from the formula. So, the baby then needs more formula because the mother supply is lower than it would have if the hospital had not pushed the formula.

Follow this up with the fact that if you google lactation consultants the formula industry has paid for their "lactation specialists" to come up first. They are not qualified International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Once again, the specialists provide information about infant feeding norms that are not the norms -- which further undermine lactation

Right now I am astounded at the resurgence in the supersized feedings that are recommended by any number of health care pracitioners for infants. The size of an infants stomach is the size of her fist. Yet, routinely parents are encouraged to stuff their babies before bed. In adults, we know very well that this contributes to obesity. I see it in babies as well. Babies are not taught moderation, they are often put on what I call the starve and stuff model. I'm seeing interesting results when I track babies growth in my clinics about these supersized feedings that show the same patterns that one sees with formula feeding -- stunted fat babies. Not healthy.

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Cesar from Manhattan

Certainly, tobacco companies and filtered cigarettes qualifies. Also, drug companies that have side effects, then drugs that suppress the side effects.

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
ebun

the people that sell antivirous software often create the malware

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Dorleen from Edgewater, NJ

I am a strong believer in healthy eating, but did the guest actually say "all you have to do to get rid of the symptoms is lose some weight"? I think that is totally irresponsible! being a type 2 diabetic myself, who is NOT overweight, i think that the comment is flippant and inconsiderate.

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
sebastien from Philly

Dupont and other paint manufacturers sell Spray Paint that most graffiti artist use, but also sell a total cleaning solution to cities and municipalities to clean up graffiti damage.

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Carol

Monsanto makes weed killer (Roundup), and also genetically modified plants that resist the weed killer so farmers can pour it on!

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Ariella from Brooklyn

DuPont is the number one carcinogenic producing company, and also makes the most mammogram machines.

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Suzanne England from Brooklyn

Another example of Big Pharma creating a "disease"--osteopenia--first by selling the public on bone screening and then selling biphosonates, e.g., Fosomax to treat it. Now many of us--myself included--suffer a major side effect of the drug--femur fractures.

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Kenzie from mill river MA

What about baby formula companies who use ad space to "promote" breastfeeding?

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Ben from Brooklyn

How about Congress creating gridlock, then "selling" us anti-Washington candidates?

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
CH from BK

US Government spreads hyped up fear of terrorism, then government contractors make millions on body scanners and security services.

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
superfancy

credit cards -- ha ha!

yea -- "Eat Richly."

Jan. 19 2012 11:43 AM
Sahron from UWS

We're sold natural gas as a clean alternative but fracking is permanently polluting our environment.

Jan. 19 2012 11:42 AM
RBC from NYC

I'm listening to the guest on the show and I disagree that its only calories that contribute to diabetes. ITS SUGAR!! Calories contribute to weight gain, but sugar is the main contributor to diabetes. There are millions of normal weight diabetics out there.

Jan. 19 2012 11:42 AM
Kate Perry from Boerum Hill

This is what Americans are so mad about - the country, originally intended
to be run for the people by the people, is now run by corporations for the benefit
of these entities and to hell with us !
The food companies and the drug companies are 2 of the biggest culprits.
There is so much misinformation and obfuscation around our health issues
Time for Change !!!

Jan. 19 2012 11:42 AM
Alison from NYC

Like the topic...but I think the guest is making a big leap in saying that diet/exercise industry doesn't make money.

Jan. 19 2012 11:42 AM
Harrison

Your guest Marion should really also accept the fact that exercise and diet are a key to controlloing diabetes, there are so many other medical conditions, which are not completely understood that attribute to type 2 diabetic suffers.

On another note nexiumm (the purple pill) and reflux drug company still say eat what you want!

Jan. 19 2012 11:42 AM
Cori from nj

The risk of type II diabetes due to sugars has also been white-washed. The science is clear on that. I'm not sure why Prof Nestle would say that it's not.

This is why people are so confused about diet.

Jan. 19 2012 11:42 AM
Josh from Washington Heights

Best analogy is the tobacco industry making both the cigarettes and the nicotine patches.

Jan. 19 2012 11:41 AM
superf88

I appreciate Brian's rare burst of outrage, but I totally disagree with all of your cynicism.

Some people need a doctor to tell them they're too fat. Doctor's usually don't.

One exception -- if they are prescribed a medication. In that case, the doctor must go over the instructions, which, in Paula Dean's Novartis product's case, include "Diet and Exercise." This drug opens the conversation.

Jan. 19 2012 11:41 AM
Johnnjersey from NJ

For your example Brian. Companies like Westinghouse and GE made energy hogging appliances like refrigerators in the 50's 60's 70's and they also built nuclear power plants. The motto of that industry in the 50's was nuclear energy will make electricity "too cheap to meter."

They therefore sold us a problem and a solution which became a problem and a problem,

Jan. 19 2012 11:41 AM
Michael from Sunset Park, Brooklyn

This reminds me of the computer virus software companies...without the most vicious computer viruses, they cannot profit.

Jan. 19 2012 11:41 AM
Dave B from NJ

Example of a [large] company that supports both the problem and the solution: a number of years ago, the food conglomerate Unilever bought Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream; it already owned the Slim Fast line of diet products.

Jan. 19 2012 11:41 AM
Donna from New Jersey

Pharmacies sell tobacco in the front, junk food in the middle and the drugs for cancer, diabetes, hypertension, etc. in the back.

Jan. 19 2012 11:41 AM

The "normalization" of diabetes is criminal. Replete with a diabetes "lifestyle" magazine:

http://www.diabetessupport.org.sg/cos/o.x?c=/wbn/pagetree&func=view&rid=15748

Until Amerikans® get their heads around controlling their overeating and industrial food diets this problem will only continue to get worse.

Diabetes costs ALL of us HUGE sums of $$$. HUGE!!

Jan. 19 2012 11:40 AM
Zuwena from Manhattan

This is a disgusting change of events akin to the cruise captain saying he tripped and fell into the lifeboat. I can't believe this woman is not prepared to accept any responsibility. On the other hand, it is consistent with the spokespeople and others in the world today--first vehemently deny any association, then recapitulate and finally "explain" away anything "bad".

Jan. 19 2012 11:40 AM
Leonore Tiefer from Stuytown

The best known orwellian examples are the pesticide divisions of the pharmaceutical companies. It's all chemical companies.

Jan. 19 2012 11:40 AM
Sebastian from Montréal

Here in Québec, the Order of Pharmacists decided long ago that they shall not sell cigarettes in pharmacies... which makes me wonder: why on earth do pharmacies at home sell cigarettes?

Jan. 19 2012 11:40 AM
PopeJon from Ridge, NY

Coal companies claiming they are creating clean coal....

Jan. 19 2012 11:40 AM
Patti Clark

I always thought it strange that Phillip Morris makes the patch.

Jan. 19 2012 11:39 AM
Sarah from UWS

Subway - Has it's own diet program,

Whole Foods - Sells large amounts of organic products in plastic containers. Plastic is known to leach BPA

Jan. 19 2012 11:39 AM
Ron from Amherst, MA

The credit card companies!

Jan. 19 2012 11:39 AM
Angel from Elizabeth, NJ

I'm not over weight and I have type 2, I believe doctors prescribing
Lipitor, etc. are making people develop diabetes.

Jan. 19 2012 11:38 AM
Robert from NYC

Well, well, well, finally an honest person. The "Living with [fill in the disease/condition" era. It seems to have come in with HIV/AIDS (correct me if I'm wrong) and has progressed(?), no degenerated to other diseases/conditions. We have all (you have all) been sold on the idea that you can "live with" this condition or that condition/disease by taking this medication or that! This has been sold to us (you) and the medical profession by the pharmaceutical companies who haul in billions of billions of dollars on keeping use ill but making us fell better instead of looking for cures anymore. I'm sick of it and you all should be as well.

Jan. 19 2012 11:38 AM
Morningside Heights

Isn't this just like what Goldman Sachs does? Making it coming and going? Selling toxic assets as gold and then shorting them? This is the new American way, no?

Marion Nestle is a hero.

Jan. 19 2012 11:38 AM
Reshma from New York City

I work in pharamceutical advertising and used to work at a methadone clinic, and the 'keep them addicted' attitude is similar to me. It's same hamster wheel. If they are still addicted/diabetic, than the money keeps rollin in.

Jan. 19 2012 11:38 AM
Jesse from Brooklyn

I mean NESTLE FOODS, not your guest :-)

http://www.nestlenutrition.com/en/nutrition_weight/keeping_shape_product.htm

Jan. 19 2012 11:38 AM
Cori from nj

Thank you for having Marion Nestle on to discuss this!

But...why does one still risk being labeled a conspiracy theorist to say that it's a conflict of interest for the American Diabetes Association to work toward actually abolishing type II diabetes?

Jan. 19 2012 11:38 AM
Jesse from Brooklyn

Here's one: Nestle owns Jenny Craig.

Jan. 19 2012 11:36 AM
Leeam from Queens

What the speaker describes about the conference is pretty horrible.
However, the quote that you use from the American diabetes association (from the NYT story yesterday) is used unfairly: their spokesperson said that IF you are predisposed to having type 2 diabetes, you CAN "eat your way" to diabetes type 2.

Jan. 19 2012 11:35 AM
Julian from Manhattan

Mon cher Brian,

"Furor" c'est ne pas un mot francais.

Jan. 19 2012 11:34 AM

Hear, hear Marion Nestle!

Jan. 19 2012 11:34 AM
Cory from Reality

No. What's astounding is that, rather than saying "Stop eating the crap I've been pushing and get out and exercise", she's saying keep eating most of the crap, but buy some expensive med.

Jan. 19 2012 11:34 AM
The Truth from Becky

I wonder how she got diabetes? hmmmm fried butter?...southerners *smh*

Jan. 19 2012 11:32 AM
Theresa from Brooklyn

What people really need to know about Paula Deen is her affiliate, Smithfield Meats, is one of the most mindbogglingly horrifying employers in the country. They barely scrape by standards of working conditions, treatment of the animals AND sanitation.

Jan. 19 2012 11:32 AM
john from office

The Crackdealer, now addicted, is sorry she sold you crack. Her food show was a horrible example of a food show, now she wants to sell us a new drug.

Jan. 19 2012 11:32 AM

... sorry. Meant, fat $lob!

Jan. 19 2012 11:30 AM
Charlie Roberts from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Is it only me or do others also find that Paula Deen's "one size fits all" southern accent most annoying?

Jan. 19 2012 11:28 AM
Kate Perry from Boerum Hill

It just seems tasteless and exploitative to withold the announcement of your diabetes until you have lined up endorsement deals with the pharmaceutical companies.
Does she not have enough money from all of her successes ?
When is enough enough ?
Plus the success is built on encouraging a very unhealthy lifestyle.
Classless

Jan. 19 2012 11:05 AM
carolita from nyc

She didn't put a gun to anyone's head and make them eat a stick of butter, did she! "Personal responsibility," ever hear of it?

Jan. 19 2012 10:52 AM

and have u seen chris christie lately.
bad image plus a moderate

Jan. 19 2012 10:34 AM
PopeJon from Ridge, NY

She's like the drug dealer that used to much of her own product. Then she saw the light and went to the other side. Only problem is it took a lot of money to see that light. If she was genuine, she would be that ex drug dealer at a NA meeting every night of the week, not a spokesperson doing methadone commercials for big pharmaceutical companies. They really don't need her help but the NA meetings do.

Jan. 19 2012 10:13 AM
Robert from NYC

Don't care. It's like looking up Ronald Reagan's colon when he had that surgery... didn't care. Never liked the woman or her show or the food she makes. I love to eat and cook but never felt the desire to have anything I happened to see her prepar--nor the recipes of Sandra Dee when she first started out with her Semi-homemade stuff. We tried to get away from the post WWII/50s can opening, freezer ready foods, and they just reintroduced those all into the diet of working folk. And this happened on the Food Network. See, money moves anything.

Jan. 19 2012 10:10 AM
Rhonda from Upper East Side

Paula's diabetes was revealed in The National Enquirer a year ago. She refused to acknowledge it until she could line-up a deal with a drug company to promote their diabetes medication, while continuing to present recipes on television which she knew were harmful to her fans.
Now claims remorse while her TV show continues and she rakes in the money from the Food Network and drug company. Another with the "Hurray For Me and F You" attitude.

Jan. 19 2012 09:58 AM
Brenda from New York City

I find the "Paula Deen Diabetes" story troubling. She is entitled to keep her private life private. However she is giving the impression of keeping her disease quiet until she lined up endorsement deals. In addition she has announced that she feels no responsibility for what is often a lifestyle disease. From where I am sitting it all adds up to "keep buying what I'm selling" which is what I find troubling. I don't think it's malicious, just misguided. www.HereSheIsBoys.com

Jan. 19 2012 08:12 AM

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