A celebrity chef in America, famous for her fat and calorie-laden recipes, has denied claims that she has been hiding that she has Type 2 diabetes.
Paula Deen (pictured), described as the “Southern belle of butter and heavy cream” was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes during a routine medical checkup in 2008. She denies that she had purposely kept the condition a secret for over three years while continuing to cook unhealthy food on her television show.
Deen was called “the worst, most dangerous person to America” by Anthony Bourdain, a fellow celebrity chef who is obviously not too great a fan of Deen’s dishes. Deen’s comfort food cooking has been widely critised for being full of fat and calories and far removed from a healthy diet that many obese Americans need to follow. Her dishes include such delicacies as:
- fried macaroni and cheese wrapped in bacon
- a burger of beef, bacon and fried egg inside a burger bun of two glazed doughnuts.
Deen has now become a paid spokesperson for drug company Novo Nordisk and is to promote their diabetes medication. Deen claims to support healthy eating and says she has taken up some moderate exercise and has also given up taking sugar in her tea. The outspoken Mr Bourdain is quoted as saying:
“When your signature dish is hamburger inbetween a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got Type 2 diabetes, it’s in bad taste if nothing else.”