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This week, I must comment about what the health and wellness community has been buzzing about since earlier this week when Paula Deen announced her Type II Diabetes diagnosis. Before I begin my rant, I first want to say that I am not feeling completely disheartened with Ms. Deen, I’m sure this is a lot for her to deal with. HOWEVER, the way she is handling the public announcement is, frankly, irresponsible and off-putting. 

Deen claims that she didn’t want to come forward with her diagnosis (that she’s known about for 3 years) until she had something a substantial solution to the disease to offer to the public. Well, I guess it’s shame that the best solution for Diabetes completely conflicts with her public persona/career… And what might that solution be, Ms. Deen? NOT waiting-to-announce-until-you’ve-partnered-with-and-are-getting-paid-for-promoting-a-prescription-Diabetes-medication BUT RATHER changing your diet and lifestyle!

How frustrating watching her chat with Al Roker on The Today Show, touting that her diagnosis has very little to do with her lifestyle. This would have been such a great opportunity for a popular public figure to really make a positive impact on the lives of fans and the general public! Sure, this would require a change in recipes and thus a change in her “butter-filled” TV show persona. But how great for the community to hear a public figure own up to lifestyle contributing to illness followed by making positive lifestyle changes to prevent the illness from getting worse! It wouldn’t take much, Paula Deen. From what I’ve been reading, I’m not the only one who’s lost respect for the Food Network star… 

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Riva Greenberg of HuffPo said it exactly as I would:

“What I fear… is that too many Americans will still dismiss weight and healthy eating as inconsequential to managing diabetes. Already Deen appears to be dragging her feet on just saying that being overweight or obese, along with a lack of physical activity, is one of the most common causes of Type 2 diabetes. Together, these factors are responsible for nearly 95 percent of diabetes cases in the U.S.”

And that’s that. Make the decision to eat healthy and exercise now to hopefully prevent the onset of such types of illnesses. Paula Deen does at least preach moderation and that’s exactly how it should be. You can have your butter and eat (a little bit of) it, too! 

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