After being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes three years ago, TV chef and lover of fried foods, Paula Deen has finally revealed her diagnosis on The Today Show.
Why wouldn’t she come out about it in the three years that past? Probably because serving up deep fried butter weekly on her Food Network show wouldn’t exactly send the right message.
“I’m here today to let the world know that Type 2 diabetes is not a death sentence,” she announced today on The Today Show.
When Al Roker asked her if her diagnosis was due to her love of a butter-rich diet, she says “it’s part of the puzzle” but definitely not the only factor.
Now, as a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, she’s campaigning eating the foods you love, but in moderation.
“Here’s the thing: I have always encourage moderation. On my show I share with you all these yummy fattening recipes, but I tell people, ‘In moderation. In moderation,’” says Deen, “I’ve always eaten in moderation.”
“It’s like I told Oprah [Winfrey] a few years ago: ‘Honey, I’m your cook, not your doctor. You are going to have to be responsible for yourself.”
That being said, if my doctor told me to bake and eat a three-layer blackout chocolate cake, Paula Deen would be the most awesome doctor I ever had.
Now, Deen is talking about the cause and giving people hope and hoping that they don’t give up on enjoying food.
“People are not going to quit eating…I’ve always been one to think that I bring hope, because I’ve had lots of obstacles in my life.”