Celebrity Chef Known for Gooey Concoctions Reveals She Has Disease Associated With Diet; Rival Chef Remains Unsympathetic

Jan 17, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Celebrity chef Paula Deen, who has been criticized for the amount of sugar and fat in her recipes, has revealed that she has type 2 diabetes, reports People.com.

Deen, who hosts "Paula’s Best Dishes" on Food Network, says that the disease won’t "stand in the way of enjoying my life," according to the story. Deen on Tuesday debuted the website Diabetes in a New Light, which sells the prescription drug Victoza, geared toward adults with type 2 diabetes.

Dietary factors, including intake of sugar and fat, are believed to be among the causes of the disease, along with genetic factors and other causes.

As previously reported, Deen last year became a target of Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain, also a chef, who criticized her cooking, saying, "She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is [bleep]ing bad for you … plus, her food sucks.”

With the news about Deen’s diabetes, Bourdain, who has called Deen "the most dangerous person to America," had a few other comments about Deen’s culinary approach, according to People.

"When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got type 2 diabetes … it’s in bad taste if nothing else," he said. "How long has she known? I suspect a very long time.”

One Comment

  1. I think she was in denial once she learned about the disease. But what she needs to do is get over it and turn things around, incorporating dietary lessons learned, lightening up her recipes, etc. I’m not crazy about the pharmacy connection on this new Web site, since that’s only ONE brand/type of medicine and not for every Type 2 Diabetes sufferer.
    Bourdain on the other hand needs to get over himself. There are far more dangerous people out there.

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