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I read this week that Food Network star Paula Deen continues to be shocked at the volume of negative buzz about her confession that she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes several years ago, but only came forward with her story after she had scored a big payout as a paid spokesperson for a diabetes drug.
I guess I’d have more sympathy for Paula – known for creations such as deep-fried butter balls and her hamburger served on a “bun” of glazed donuts, topped with a fried egg and bacon (see video below) – if she had come clean with her diagnosis three years ago – and then adapted some of the recipes she features on her TV program. Think of the powerful message she could have helped spread to her millions of fans if she had spoken up earlier. Knowing what she knew, continuing to feature “heart attack on a plate” food on her show, and then waiting until she had a big contract with a drug manufacturer before spilling the beans about her diagnosis seems like dirty pool to me.