Tuesday, January 17, 2012

This Woman Really Annoys Me

 Last week I wrote about a woman who scares me; this week I'm writing about a woman who angers me. Today in the news I read that well-known chef Paula Deen has Type-2 diabetes. She has known this for three years, yet in that time she has continued to push her unhealthy, high-fat recipes on the public, things like deep-fried cheesecake, quiche that requires a pound of bacon, and the following doozy of a creation, a hamburger with glazed doughnut buns and topped with bacon and egg:

No wonder this woman is overweight and diabetic. You can't eat garbage food like this on a regular basis and be healthy. Maybe it's because I've been reading a book about nutrition and disease that stresses the importance of a whole foods, plant-based diet with many studies to back it up, but I've been finding myself frustrated by the irresponsible eating habits of so many Americans and the industries that support them (meat, dairy, drug companies, even certain aspects of the medical establishment). We could be so much healthier than we are and the rates of certain diseases could plummet if we'd only feed our bodies better foods consistently as a way of life.

Shame on Paula Deen for promoting these kinds of recipes to the public when she knew she had diabetes that was surely caused in part by this food that she eats. She has done her viewers a great disservice. Southern-style food is probably the most unhealthy type of food in the country; the high obesity rate there is proof of that. And now she is being paid by a foreign drug company to be a spokesperson for their diabetes drug. So she cooks, consumes, and promotes foods that very likely were a contributing factor to her diabetes, doesn't tell the public about her condition for three years, and then earns money for pushing a drug to help treat a disease that she likely caused with the food that made her rich, famous, overweight, and diabetic in the first place. I am disgusted by this woman's irresponsibility, her hypocrisy, her willful ignorance, her apparent greed, and her crappy idea of good food.

P.S. I first read about this today on msnbc.com, and I also got much of my information from this wsj.com article.

P.P.S. To my family reading this: I know. I sound like Dad. Pretty scary, huh? :-)


Kristina P. said...

I totally agree. (As I sit here, eating Tin Roof Sundae ice cream, out of the carton.)

The Sweetest Days said...

Personally I'm not a big fan of Paula Dean either (and never have been) but each to their own. As for the Diabetes issue, I believe when she was diagnosed, she and her agent said "How can we profit from this?" And if that's not the case then why did she wait until she had a deal in the works before telling anyone?

The whole story just came across as rather contrived to me. I'm right there with you, Donna.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Oh! I hadn't heard about this! But I love Paula Deen, though I think her recipes are best in moderation--usually holidays for us.

Definitely a wake-up call for me to eat better. Ice cream is my biggest love/nemesis! I've read a LITTLE fat is actually a good thing. If only I could stop at little!

My word verification is furbi--just thought I'd share. :)

Donna said...

I should clarify that my eating habits are not always the healthiest--I eat a lot more than just whole grains and fruits and vegetables, including some sugary foods and fatty foods sometimes. But I'm trying to do better and I've reduced my family's meat consumption to about three times a week, we only eat whole grain pastas and breads, and we've been eating a lot more fruits and veggies. It feels good! Ms. Deen should give it a try!

Sarah Laurence said...

I agree that healthy eating habits are best, especially for a diabetic. I'm horrified every time I hear the stat for obesity in this country. We're eating ourselves to death. You don't sound cranky; you sound rightfully concerned.

Amelia said...

I totally agree. I have no respect for Paula Deen, she's unhealthy and irresponsible and definitely greedy. She reminds me of a salesman peddling snake oil to get rich.

And I agree, doctors are not well trained in nutrition and holistic practices. Surgery and pills are not the best answer to every condition, docs!