Fat-push Paula has diabetes
Last Updated: 6:38 AM, January 14, 2012
Posted: 12:58 AM, January 14, 2012
Southern-cuisine queen Paula Deen — whose fat-soaked recipes include such diet busters as ribs, fried chicken, cheesy meatloaf and fried egg and bacon atop a burger served between glazed doughnuts — has been trying to hide that she’s been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which is associated with fatty foods and obesity, The Daily reported yesterday.
But now that her secret’s out, the Food Network star is signing a multimillion-dollar deal with a drug maker to endorse medication she’ll need to survive.
“[She is] gonna have to reposition herself, gonna have to start cooking healthier recipes,” a source said. “She can’t keep pushing mac and cheese and deep-fried Twinkies when she’s hawking a diabetes drug.”
Last August, TV chef Anthony Bourdain called Deen “the worst, most dangerous person to America” and suggested she “think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.”
She hit back: “You know, not everybody can afford $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine. My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills.”
Her rep declined comment yesterday.