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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Is Paula Deen Unethical?

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As you may have heard, Tuesday, Paula Deen announced on the Today show that she has type 2 diabetes. Not only that, but she was diagnosed with it three years ago, and is just now making the news public. The second part of her big announcement was that she is now the spokesperson for a diabetes drug. So, basically, she's only letting people know about her diagnosis now because she is going to make money off of it.

I am pretty torn on this. In general, I believe that you should eat what you want and what your body needs. I'm a big fan of The Pioneer Woman, who is another big proponent of butter and sugar. I, in fact, love butter and sugar. I cook with real butter all the time. I have purchased more sugar since I started making jams and jellies than I ever have before. Butter is delicious (and also, butter is why I am not skinny-skinny like a runner should be - but my cholesterol and blood pressure are both fine). I do, however, believe that changing ones habits are necessary if a doctor says so. If my doctor were to tell me to stop eating butter, I would stop eating it.

I also believe that the health of anyone, even stars, is private. It's no ones business that someone has cancer or is fighting a disease, diabetes included. I don't really knock Paula Deen for hiding her diabetes. It's her business.

However, the whole second part of this - where Deen is only coming out about her diagnosis now because she wants to collect money from a drug company - that I do not like. It just seems wrong to make money promoting an unhealthy lifestyle and then make money undoing that damage.

In the end, Paula Deen claims that her lifestyle and eating habits were not to blame for her diagnosis. She believes that her diagnosis was based primarily on heredity, but I find that pretty hard to believe. If she really wants to help rid the world of diabetes, she might just consider changing her message just a tad, and stop looking for a revenue stream.  If Paula Deen really wanted to do something special and really do the right thing, she blew it. This is just a missed opportunity all around.

What are your thoughts? Is Paula Deen selling out instead of changing her lifestyle?

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1 comment:

lindsay said...

I won't judge Paula. Just because she made all those yummy (errrr fattening) dishes on tv doesn't mean she ate like that all the time. So, could be some hereditary factors in there.

It does seem convenient timing for the announcement, but this just doesn't rile me up any. Shes already sold out to endorse other products (doesnt she have a deal with serta mattress?) I do wonder if her tv show will change.

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