Celebrity chef Paula Deen yesterday revealed a secret she has been keeping for a long time. She told NBC that she was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes three years ago. The famous southerner traffics in comfort foods containing lots of butter, bacon and cream, all of which can lead to the development of diabetes and be devastating to those afflicted with the disease.
Deen also announced on the "Today" show that she is the new paid spokesperson for the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk and its diabetes treatment. For years, Deen has been criticized for promoting unhealthy cooking. Her nemesis chef, Anthony Bourdain, called her "the worst, most dangerous person to America," in the past. Deen says she has always eaten in moderation and advised moderation. She told Oprah, "Honey, I'm your cook, I'm not your doctor!"
Is it hypocritical to promote fatty foods and campaign for the medicine that treats its associated diseases? Why did Novo Nordisk choose Deen as a spokesperson? Do your trust her in that role? How will this revelation affect Deen's cooking show? She said she will adjust some recipes, but how far will she go? Why did she keep this to herself for so long instead of advocating healthy choices at the outset?
Ken Inchausti, spokesperson, Novo Nordisk Healthcare Company, headquartered in Denmark, hired Deen as spokesperson
Arthur Caplan, Professor of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Katherine Mangu-Ward, managing editor, Reason magazine