If only the message from the media about Paula Deen had been "We're all eating too much sugar!" Instead, a perfectly good teaching moment was wasted in a sea of inanities about the "dangers" of eating fat.
Why is she so thin? She must be devastated over her marriage. Is she on drugs? Everyone seems to have a question or comment when someone famous is going through a rough patch. It is so easy to assume or come to a conclusion on what the story is.
Paula Deen's problem -- hers and America's -- won't be solved with a prescription from the pharmacy. But it can be solved with changes in the way we all cook, and eat.
For the love of God and guns, sex and sunlight, iPhones and puppies and all that you hold dear, please please please do not eat this new and completely repulsive food-like item you see before you. Can't you see it's made of chemicals and fat and dead, lost dreams?
Paula Deen has built her empire on deep-fried, buttery, sugar-laden foods that look like fun, but rob us of health. But who is really to blame for her penchant for deep-fat fried... anything? Is Paula a victim just like the rest of America... or an accomplice in a crime against humanity?
Paula Deen appears to openly despise you and doesn't seem to care if you get fat and sick and perhaps die from eating her bacon-wrapped deep-fried mac-and-cheese butter-dipped donut logs on a stick!
While I have nothing against an occasional indulgence, a steady diet of the kind of calorie-laden food Paula glorified on her popular TV show leads to some very predictable consequences.
Talking about food and health touches us deeply. If Paula Deen's story caught your interest or bothered you, take a minute to pause and ask yourself why.
The response to Paula Deen's revelation that she has Type 2 diabetes highlights the false "either-or" dilemma that plagues our culture's approach to eating (and most other things): good or bad, right or wrong, all or nothing.
Personal responsibility and consumer choice are solutions heralded by conservatives and liberals alike--the idea being that ultimately good health comes down to what we choose to buy and eat. But it's not that simple.
The collective reaction to Paula Deen's diabetes announcement tells us much about our attitude toward health and nutrition. Of course nobody is shocked at the news, but many commentators missed an opportunity to make a bigger point.
The fact is, medical crises jeopardize careers every day. Some people make wise decisions, others make foolish ones. And none of these choices are ever easy.
Pretending that food doesn't matter to health is at best denial, at worst a serious delusion. We should not mortgage health to pay for culinary delight, any more than we should give up culinary pleasure to purchase health. We can love food that loves us back.
Paula Deen has a golden opportunity to send a very important message to this country, if she wants to join the fight against diabetes in a truly authentic way.
Of course, there are cases of diabetes that need medication, but Paula, why don't we work together to show people that there are other ways to control it?
Paula is now suffering from the popular perception that money bought her new-found honesty. If money was her motivator, sadly, she missed what would have been a whole grain-fed cash cow.